Bad news for Okies from Muskogee who have strong, if misguided, opinions on “livin’ right”: Gay marriage is about to be legal in your state.
A US federal judge struck down Oklahoma’s ban on same-sex marriage Tuesday, saying it was unconstitutional, a month after a similar move in Utah.
The ruling in the long-running case also followed a landmark Supreme Court decision in June finding that couples in same-sex marriages were entitled to the same benefits and protections as their heterosexual counterparts.
"The court holds that Oklahoma’s constitutional amendment limiting marriage to opposite-sex couples violates the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to the US Constitution," US District Judge Terence Kern wrote in his opinion.
Gay marriage is for more than those hippies in San Francisco, but feel free to wave Old Glory down at the courthouse. Just keep in mind that (after the case goes to the Supreme Court) there’s a good chance that happy couples who happen to be of the same gender might be getting married after a long period of pitching woo.
20:07 // 1 month ago
A state judge today ruled to legalize same-sex marriage in New Jersey, saying gay couples would be denied federal benefits if the state kept allowing only civil unions.
Superior Court Judge Mary Jacobson granted an emergency request by six gay couples, ordering state officials to begin officiating same-sex marriages on Oct. 21.
"Same-sex couples must be allowed to marry in order to obtain equal protection of the law under the New Jersey constitution," the judge wrote in a 53-page opinion.
This is surely going to be appealed, as these rulings always are, but marriage equality advocates are no doubt thrilled about this. It also puts Governor Chris Christie in a tough spot. How vocal will he be in opposing this decision? He previously vetoed a gay marriage bill; will he take any steps to fight marriage equality this time, knowing that doing so could hurt his chances in 2016? Or might opposing gay marriage actually help his chances in a Republican primary?
16:53 // 5 months ago
A federal judge granted an Ohio couple a temporary restraining order on Monday, blocking the state from imposing its constitutional marriage ban against same-sex unions. The couple, recently married legally in Maryland, wants Ohio to recognize their marriage as one of the husbands is in failing health with ALS (also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease) […]
This could be a significant case, as Ohio’s ban on same-sex marriage is an amendment to the state’s constitution, and decisions thus far in the case suggest that Ohio could be in violation of the U.S. constitution with the amendment.
10:40 // 7 months ago
A New York City immigration judge immediately stopped the deportation proceedings of a gay Colombian man who is legally married to an American citizen soon after the Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) for being unconstitutional, as was first reported by Americablog on Wednesday. The federally-sanctioned DOMA only recognizes marriage between […]
This is a reminder that the ramifications of marriage equality extend far beyond people simply feeling included as part of an institution. For this man, the Supreme Court’s ruling meant the difference between living in America with his partner and living alone in South America. source
18:00 // 8 months ago