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.
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.
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.
The Human Rights Campaign is urging President Obama to support marriage equality for all Americans. This comes after the President’s comment in December that his views were “evolving.”
It is time for the President to stand against bigotry and discrimination in our laws and to repeal DOMA. Please take a moment of your time and tell President Obama that you support full marriage equality for all Americans.
Massachusetts was the first state to legalize same-sex marriage, and is maintaining its position as a progressive, forward-thinking status among the states by suing the U.S. government over the Defense of Marriage Act, a federal law that defines marriage as “a legal union between one man and one woman as husband and wife.”
Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley claims DOMA interferes with the right of Massachusetts to define and regulate marriage as it sees fit. The suit argues the act “constitutes an overreaching and discriminatory federal law.”
Thank you Massachusetts for fighting for equality and truly upholding the ideals of this country.
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
All men, all women, everyone…not just whites, not just men, not just heterosexuals…everyone.
Since Massachusetts began performing same-sex marriages in 2004, the 16,000 same-sex couples who have married are being unfairly denied federal benefits that are granted to heterosexual couples. That is an injustice, it is an inequality. We are in 2009…it’s time we get with the times and start being true to our ideals of equality and justice for ALL!