Only weeks after a district judge upheld Louisiana’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, a Louisiana state judge just ruled the law is unconstitutional.
Judge Edward Rubin ruled the state’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional and in violation of the due process and equal protection clauses of the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and the full faith and credit clause.
Since the Supreme Court struck down DOMA in 2013, we witnessed 21 sequential rulings against same-marriage bans that was abruptly, and erroneously, broken by District Judge Martin Feldman.
This latest ruling is good news, my friends…although I would wager it will be appealed.
A group of New York business moguls released a letter lobbying state legislators to legalize same-sex marriage. They argue the decision is not only fair, it makes good business sense.
The group includes the CEOs of Goldma Sachs, Thompson Reuters, Con Edison, and 23 other firms.
The letter is titled, “An open letter from business leaders on the importance of marriage equality” and argues that not allowing same-sex couples to marry affects the state’s ability to attract qualified workers.
As New Yorkers and business leaders, we believe that attracting talent is key to our state’s economic future,” the letter reads. “We strongly urge New York State to enact marriage equality legislation to help maintain our competitive advantage in attracting the best and brightest people the world has to offer.
Other notable signers include Jes Staley (CEO of JP Morgan’s Investment Bank), John J. Mack (executive chairman of the board of Morgan Stanley), and Daniel L. Doctoroff (president of Bloomberg).
In a 3-2 vote last week that fell along party lines, a House panel decided to defend DOMA in court. The House will take over this responsibility after the White House and Department of Justice determined the law to be unconstitutional and therefore indefensible in court.
Boehner claims it is President Obama’s responsibility to defend the discriminatory law and that he is merely stepping up to do what the president will not. Nancy Pelosi, who voted against the measure to defend DOMA, point out that the House defense of the law will cost millions in taxpayer dollars.
After President Obama ended his defense of DOMA in federal courts this week, Speaker Boehner and other Republican leaders are stepping in to defend the discriminatory law.
Republicans are being pressured by right-wing groups to use taxpayer dollars to defend DOMA. Do not let this happen!
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The Maryland state senate voted yesterday to pass legislation to allow same-sex marriages. The Civil Marriage Protection Act was approved by a 25-21 vote and had a strong backing by the democratic majority.
The bill now moves to the Maryland House, which is expected to begin a hearing on the bill today.
If the bill becomes law, Maryland will become the sixth state to allow gay marriage.
Today, on the recommendation of the Attorney General, Preside Obama declared that discrimination based on sexual orientation should be presumed unconstitutional.
In response, the Department of Justice has concluded that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional and indefensible.
This means the Department of Justice will no longer defend DOMA in court, and may have greater implications for the marriage equality trials already in the courts.
Hawaii’s governor, Neil Abercrombie, has promised to sign their civil union bill into law on Wednesday.
The ceremony will begin at 2pm and will be streamed live here.
It’s not full marriage equality, it’s more of a second class marriage…but it is a step in the right direction.