Just one day after Montana, South Carolina becomes the 35th state where bans on same-sex marriage are found to be unconstitutional, and this time by the U.S. Supreme Court.
For months now, we’ve read and heard, and for some, have been a part of the ever changing and realization of same-sex marriage. And at times, it’s hard to remember, at least by name, all the states that now have those marriages, or for that matter, don’t (yet). So, I thought I would call your attention, because I like visuals, to the most recent map I could locate, (something that Nate has done in the past ), which shows improvements, more than just getting us past the tipping point, after the jump….
So was the ruling today by U.S. District Judge Richard Gergel in the case of a couple (pictured above) from Charleston suing to be married, found South Carolina’s state constitutional ban “invalid as a matter of law.”
About a week ago, I had posted an update as to the status of a ruling by Judge Crabtree in the state of Kansas, that the states ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional. Well, currently, the ACLU is drafting a response to an order from U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor that blocks gay marriage in Kansas.
In the back of my mind, I’ve always had the feeling, that this might happen. On Thursday, Bush appointee Judge Jeffery Sutton cast the deciding vote, upholding gay marriage bans in Michigan, Ohio, Tennessee, and Kentucky. Attorneys for the plaintiffs said they will ask the Supreme Court to hear their arguments and the split created by federal appeals courts, which makes it more likely that they will take up the case this time.
Oh when does it end, the gay bashing, the criminalizing, prison terms, stoning and executions, so much in the middle east and elsewhere on the globe? It’s a sad story that I read today, that eight men were sentenced Saturday, in Egypt, for be in a video of what appears to be a gay wedding on a riverboat on the Nile.
This last Friday, U.S. District Judge Scott W. Skavdahl officially struck down Wyoming’s same-sex marriage ban, more as following judicial procedure, since the state is part of the 10th Circuit, where Marriage Equality is now the law. Continue reading