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.
After passing the Maryland Senate and the governor’s promise to sign the bill into law, the state’s gay marriage bill died Friday without getting a final vote in the House.
The House did not believe it had the 71 votes needed to pass the measure, and sent it back to committee without a final vote. They have vowed to bring the bill back for a vote next year.
A sad say for supporters of equality. Maryland residents remain second class citizens for at least another year.
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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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.
Illinois state Representative Greg Harris, the state house bill that grants civil union rights to same-sex couples, posted on Facebook Saturday:
Save The Date—->Governor Pat Quinn will sign the Civil Union Law on Monday, January 31. The signing ceremony will be in the afternoon in the Chicago Loop, and open to the public. Details will be announced early next week. Plan to attend and witness history taking place!
Thankfully, The Supreme Court has refused to hear the case, effectively putting an end to the referendum.
Is this a prologue for the Prop 8 decision? One can only hope…