Same Sex Marriage: Progress and Defeat

Same Sex MarriageProponents of same-sex marriage have had both a positive and negative week. On Wednesday, a federal judge in Louisiana became one of the first to go against the federal court trend of striking down the bans on same-sex marriage. On Thursday, federal judges involved in the rulings for both Wisconsin and Indiana ruled that the bans on gay marriage were actually unconstitutional. With all three of these rulings, same-sex marriage proponents were left with both a sense of defeat in one instance and a sense of progress in two more.

Wednesday’s decision in Louisiana was based on the judge ruling that the state itself was in charge of regulating marriage. The judge indicated in his ruling that the ban on same-sex marriage in Louisiana did not violate any fundamental rights. He further states that the state of Louisiana had a genuine interest in keeping children in families with parents that are both biological. While the decision was not surprising to some it did come as a disappointment to those hoping to continue the trend of the bans being lifted. Wednesday’s ruling will be appealed in the Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

Same Sex MarriageThursday was a progressive day in Chicago for same-sex marriage proponents after the defeat one day prior. The court of appeals in that city ruled in favor of lifting the bans in both Wisconsin and Indiana. The court declared the bans in both states to be unconstitutional. The panel of three judges ruling against the ban unanimously declared that the ban enforced policies that were prejudiced in nature. The judging panel indicated in their ruling that the governments of both Wisconsin and Indiana were unable to give them any reasonable arguments to justify the ban on same-sex marriage. This ruling was delivered only nine days after arguments were heard in the case.

The ruling for Wisconsin and Indiana joins other recently over-turned bans in states such as Virginia, Utah and Oklahoma. Other states will know the verdict on their rulings in regard to same-sex marriage over the course of the next few weeks. In every case up to this date the rulings permitting same-sex marriage have been, for the time being, upheld as they wait for the ultimate decision of the Supreme Court. The same will most likely be the case for Wisconsin and Indiana. Even the judge in Louisiana indicated that while he was not over-turning the ban, it was inevitably up to the Supreme Court to make the final decision.

While officials in both Wisconsin and Indiana have said they will appeal this decision, many proponents see this as a victory. Many legal experts are predicting that the ultimate decision will come down to the Supreme Court. In the end it will truly be the Supreme Court who will decide the issue for the nation and this decision may even come within the next one to two years. In the meantime, proponents of same-sex marriage get a chance to mourn their defeat in Louisiana, but they also have reason to celebrate after progress was made towards bans being lifted in all the states.

By Kimberley Spinney


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2 Responses to "Same Sex Marriage: Progress and Defeat"

  1. Evan   September 13, 2014 at 4:01 pm

    How about the Church and conservatives stay the hell away from law!

  2. Grant MacDonald   September 6, 2014 at 7:27 pm

    The bible and the torah should be banned!

    Here are several really loving excerpts from the Torah; the first five books of the Old Testament in the bible — perhaps read to the congregation on Friday night at a synagogue or a Sunday morning church in the meadow.

    1. Kill any friends or family that worship a god that is different than your own. Deuteronomy 13:6-10
    2. Kill all the inhabitants of any city where you find people that worship differently than you. Deuteronomy 13:12-16
    3. Kill everyone who has religious views that are different than your own. Deuteronomy 17:2-7.

    Rabbinical / Priestly rules: Leviticus 21:17-18 … “No one who is blind or lame or has a defect or any blemish may approach to offer the bread of his God.” Leviticus 18:22 … “You are not to go to bed with a man as with a woman; it is an abomination; they shall surely be put to death; their blood is upon them.”

    The pope and churches fully aware that Leviticus 18:22 applies to rabbis and priests … refuse to remove this stigma maliciously persecuting gays. Kids are being bullied into suicide …!

    Being left-handed … black or being gay is just as natural. It is a sometimes rare occurrence to fall in Love and to hold that person in your heart and be loved in return … it is something that should be celebrated! If it’s between two guys or two girls — all the better. It takes even more courage to defend that LOVE!

    It’s now time to shut down the synagogues and churches with the torah & bibles with Leviticus 18:22 and Deuteronomy 13:12-16. To see the religious lunatics manipulate government and peoples’ lives — is shameful.

    Many theologians state quite correctly that the birth; crucifixion; resurrection and other elements of christianity actually didn’t even happen! Churches are committing hate crimes and more succinctly a violent criminal offence against a federally protected minority namely the gay community. It is actually a bigger moment in history … gays standing up for equality … the realization that there is something far more evil at work — hateful religion which should be discharged from society – period.

    Religion and the churches should now be exposed as a bigoted structure that gets away with hate mongering. It is a criminal offence to cause harm onto others physically or with written items; torahs – old testament/new testament bibles have been getting away with corruption and cultism based on bogus hocus pocus.

    There is no scientific evidence to prove any of the cross related bogus elements of christianity and other religions. Our early human ancestors; on this earth … go back more than 6 million years … 5,996,000 years before the Greeks, Romans and the Jews. Christianity is basically a 2014 year old fictional cult. In the year 300 AD when Emperor Constantine, who to some was the first pope; went on to fabricate & market Christianity! Christianity is a fantasy; which turned out to be one of the most hateful & evil concoctions ever perpetrated on the world.

    It is written; so therefore it shall be? We are the chosen people; such a wicked fantasy.

    Einstein stated in a letter recently auctioned that the bible was a collection of primitive legends. He said believing in God was childish and he as a Jew is no different than another person and are not chosen by God.

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