SCOTUS Resonating

by Mike Keefe

by Mike Keefe

These last few weeks have been crucial to the fight for same sex marriage.  First, the Supreme Court tossed petitions against same-sex marriage.  Then, 6 more states had the opportunity to begin issuing same-sex marriage licenses.  Now, the appeals and petitions have begun rolling in yet again.  Several of the states that had petitions have state-wide amendments banning same-sex marriage (many of them voter-approved).  This makes it tricky for same-sex marriage to move forward, even in light of recent Supreme Court decisions.  One state is making clear progress; Arizona.  A District Judge has ruled enforcing the statewide bans on same-sex marriage is not constitutional.  His reasoning was simply that the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals had already had similar rulings regarding Nevada and Idaho.  While I always love to hear judges rant about the injustices of these bans, I’m happy with both his decision and his explanation.  The fact that he felt there was little to say can actually be considered a little victory here.  He didn’t feel the need to explain himself or justify his decision, because it was simple and straightforward.  Same-sex marriage and it’s legality is incredibly simple; maybe Kansas will get the hint.


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