Madison, WI: This past Friday, U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb struck down a 2006 ban on same-sex marriages that was put in place with overwhelming approval from voters.
However, the majority shall not hold hostage the rights of the minority, and Judge Crabb ruled the ban violated the rights to equal protection and fair treatment under the law.
I understand what the ACLU is trying to do here, and I always appreciate Macklemore sticking up for civil rights, but I’m not too sure how I feel about the ACLU equating “freedom” with their card, like “freedom” is a product that can only be bought with their card.
Don’t get me wrong, I think the ACLU does some pretty freaking amazing things, and much like Batman fights for the downtrodden, but I don’t feel the best about the ad. The sentiment is there, not a fan of the language.
Edit: Of course, I could also be taking it all a little too serious.
Good news from New Jersey! Earlier today in a judge ruled the state must allow for same-sex couples to marry.
Superior Court Judge Mary Jacobson granted an emergency request by six gay couples, ordering state officials to begin officiating same-sex marriages on Oct. 21.
“Same-sex couples must be allowed to marry in order to obtain equal protection of the law under the New Jersey constitution,” the judge wrote in a 53-page opinion.
However this does not mean same-sex marriage is immediately legal. NJ Governor Chris Christie is none-too happy about the ruling, and will most likely appeal. Spokesman Michael Drewniak said the governor “has always maintained that he would abide by the will of the voters on the issue of marriage equality and called for it to be on the ballot this Election Day. Since the Legislature refused to allow the people to decide expeditiously, we will let the Supreme Court make this constitutional determination.”
Well, at least it’s a step in the right direction for the Garden State.
Just like he promised, Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadeo is using his new fame from winning the freaking Super Bowl to help push for marriage equality. The day after the big win, Ayanbadeo joined Respect for Marriage Coalition’s new #Time4Marriage campaign, and had an op-ed piece in USA Today. Here’s a snippet of it:
“There are many reasons why no gay athlete has come out in the NFL, NBA, NHL or MLB, most of which are likely to go away with support and acceptance from the straight community. As leaders and even role models for millions of young people across the globe, professional athletes have the ability to fundamentally eliminate prejudice from our sport and live up to the incredible privilege we enjoy.
We are *so* close to having same-sex marriage in the state of Washington! The House Judiciary Committee squeaked the bill by, in a party line 7-6 vote on Monday (I think you can guess which was which). A vote is expected to come from the Senate as early as tomorrow!
The AP also tells us three Republican amendments were rejected, including one that would have allowed private businesses and individuals to the religious exemption clause and allowed people to still discriminate openly.