So football season kicked off last week and both my Dallas Cowboys and Nate’s Green Bay Packers dropped their opening games and didn’t play all that well. I’ll have more to say about Ray Rice and the mishandling of his domestic abuse case soon but Nate and I got into the spirit of the new season in honor of a very special occasion.
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 last Tuesday, in a Chicago courtroom, the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals would decide whether or not to uphold lower court rulings that, Wisconsin’s voter-approved constitutional amendment, and Indiana’s statutes, are unconstitutional. Led by Judge Richard Posner, a Republican Appointee, who has an unapologetic bias toward reality and logic, when posing questions at lawyers for Wisconsin and Indiana attempted to defend their state’s marriage bans, Posner issued a series of bench slaps that unmasked anti-gay arguments as the silly nonsense that they are. There is no doubt that I’m becoming very fond of the 7th Circuit.
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.
tI looks like Paul Ryan may have caught the “flip flopper” bug since his failed run for the White House with Mitt Romney. Ryan was confronted during a town hall meeting in Wisconsin about his anti-LGBT voting record, where he said after voting against it in the past, he would now support adoption rights for same-sex couples, but he’s still against same-sex marriage.
Hopefully the 113th Congress will not be a do-nothing congress, and with a record breaking 20 female Senators, let’s hope they can keep those big boys in Washington in line! One woman who was sworn in today is Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisconsin), who is now the United States’ first openly gay elected Senator.
Watch Senator Baldwin get sworn in by VP Joe Biden after the jump. Continue reading