The New Yorker just released an interview they did with President Obama where they discussed what his judicial legacy will look like, and what Supreme Court decision is his tenure? Is it upholding the Affordable Healthcare Act? Striking down the Defense of Marriage Act? As it turns out, no. It was the Supreme Court decision not to hear the same-sex marriage cases:
With yesterday’s windfall of marriage equality, we now have nearly 30 states in the union where same-sex couples can get hitched without a hitch! Here is the beautiful updated same-sex marriage map from Wikipedia.
How exciting is this, a total surprise. The country has been moving in a positive direction for some time, and albeit may not be moving fast enough for many, but this surely adds a little more icing to the cake. I’m also excited for the couples who are parties to these cases, that their wishes are coming thru. So….today, from Slate, Mark J. Stern, who covers LGBT issues, reports that the Supreme Court has refused to review seven gay marriage cases from five different states. That decision effectively legalized gay marriage in those five states—Indiana, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia, and Wisconsin—almost immediately. But within the next few weeks, the court’s move will likely bring gay marriage to six more states—meaning that, without actually ruling on the topic, the justices will have brought marriage equality to 11 states in one fell swoop.
Never before has the legal case for nationwide marriage equality seemed stronger than at the recent Federal Court of Appeal’s argument in the Indiana and Wisconsin marriage cases. For nearly two hours, the Seventh Circuit panel of three judges, appointed by Presidents Reagan, Clinton, and Obama, tore gaping holes in every argument the states’ attorneys defending Indiana and Wisconsin’s marriage bans offered. Continue reading
Ben &Jerry’s has long been outspoken in their support for same-sex marriage, making donations to LGBT organizations and releasing ice creams flavors like the “Hubby Hubby” (US), “I Dough, I Dough” (Australia), and “EngageMint Party” (Ireland). Now they have given us another reason to buy a pint and shout “Lactose intolerance be damned!” by signing an Amicus Brief for the Supreme Court in favor of marriage equality.
The wheels of justice turn slowly, and today we know we are another step closer to putting the marriage equality “debate” to rest. The Supreme Court has announced they will consider hearing same-sex marriage cases from five states: Indiana, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia, and Wisconsin during their first conference of the 2014 term (September 29th.).
More from USA Today:
On Thursday, federal judge Richard Posner of the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a lower court’s ruling striking down gay marriage bans in Wisconsin and Indiana. This marks the 22nd time since the Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act last year, that a federal court has found bans on same-sex marriage unconstitutional. As I posted last month, Judge Posner has little patience with states like Wisconsin and Indiana attempting to defend their state’s marriage bans, refering to their unmasked anti-gay arguments as the silly nonsense that they are.
This little firecracker of Supreme Court Justice has got to be my favorite on the bench. In a recent interview with the Associated Press, Justice Ginsburg said that she expects the Supreme Court to hear and decide a same-sex marriage case by 2016, and possibly earlier. With the way these bans are falling like flies, I suspect she’s right.
“Attitudes have changed swiftly in favor of same-sex marriage, which is now legal in 19 states and the District of Columbia, Ginsburg said in her wood-paneled office on the court’s main floor.
First, I know there are a lot of great people in Kansas, and in it’s own way it’s a beautiful state. However, if I was Dorothy, I would not be clicking my ruby reds to get back there (sorry Auntie Em) anytime soon. It appears that the Republican led house and senate are writing legislation straight out of the Vladimir Putin Playbook. This anti-gay segregation bill is the worst of its kind that I have ever read. It’s more than just marginalizing gay people, it even goes as far as if you are even perceived as gay, you could even be refused services from state employees for almost all services, even the DMV, as I read here on Slate. Then, soon after Senate President Susan Wagle, a Wichita Republican objected to the bill as written, and went much further than just addressing religious freedoms and was concerned about services to gay couples. From the NYT.
And in a huge step backwards, India’s Supreme Court has re-criminalized gay sex. This is almost too crazy to believe, but it’s true. more details from Reuters:
In 2009 the Delhi High Court ruled unconstitutional a section of the penal code dating back to 1860 that prohibits “carnal intercourse against the order of nature with any man, woman or animal” and lifted the ban for consenting adults.