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#1 May 20, 2014
PORTLAND, Ore.- A federal judge threw out Oregon's same-sex marriage ban Monday, marking the 13th legal victory for gay marriage advocates since the U.S. Supreme Court last year overturned part of a federal ban.
Gay and lesbian couples can legally marry in 17 states and the District of Columbia. The two most recent states to make the unions legal were New Mexico and Hawaii, both of which did so in late 2013. Oregon's ruling is not expected to be challenged, which would make it the 18th state where gay marriage is legal.
In 11 states, federal or state judges recently have overturned same-sex marriage bans or ordered states to recognize out-of-state marriages. Appeals courts are reviewing those decisions. Ten are in the hands of federal appeals courts, and one is with a state appeals court.
They've been all over the country. Federal or state judges in Idaho, Oklahoma, Virginia, Michigan, Texas, Utah and Arkansas recently have found state same-sex marriage bans to be unconstitutional. Judges also have ordered Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee and Indiana to recognize same-sex marriages from other states. The New Mexico Supreme Court declared the state ban unconstitutional in a ruling that is not being challenged.
Presuming all those findings of unconstitutionality of the bans are upheld, that will bring the total number of states recognizing same-sex marriage to around 30, a clear majority.
Of the states where same-sex marriage remains banned, lawsuits challenging those laws have been filed in all but three — Montana, North Dakota and South Dakota.
News is also due any day now of a pending case in Pennsylvania.
#2 May 20, 2014
Praise Obama! He did this! Now I can get married.
#3 May 20, 2014
Aaaaaaaaand, this just in:
PHILADELPHIA - Pennsylvania's ban on gay marriage has been overturned by a federal judge in a decision that makes same-sex matrimony legal throughout the Northeast.
U.S. District Judge John E. Jones III's decision Tuesday is a victory for 11 couples, a widow and one of the couples' two teenage daughters who filed the first challenge to the law. Gov. Tom Corbett's office had defended the law after Attorney General Kathleen Kane called it unconstitutional and refused to defend it.
Pennsylvania was the last remaining state in the Northeast to outlaw gay marriage.
Lawyers for the plaintiffs say the law inflicts harm on same-sex couples and their children by depriving them of the legal protections and tax benefits afforded to married couples.
An appeal to the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and extended caterwauling from Rick "Frothy" Santorum are likely.
#5 May 21, 2014
Go ahead and praise civil unions and gay marriage, Guess what civil wars are inevitable also =) They will come soon. There will be major race wars in America, Those gay deviant chosen life style deviants shall be dealt with also =)This govt knows whats coming. They are preparing,, It has all been set up to cause chaos and war and murder via illegals being allowed to flood our country to assaulting our constitution and mocking america citizens, To allowing gays to marry and flaunt they're deviant life style choice.Why do you think this Govt for the past ten years has been training Russian troops and Mexican troops in our country.They know the many years of handing out free stuff to blacks in various forms of govt handouts and special privileges , That those blacks are going to be very angry when they don't get that special treatment anymore, They will riot and kill even more than they do now under Messiah Obama they adore.Don't ge angry when polygamist sue the same govt that now says gays can marry and be claimed normal just because they pay taxes. Many criminals in society pay taxes, Does that mean the crimes they committed should all be forgave ? Let's see terrorist pay taxes in America we should. free them because they pay taxes?There are many rapist and child molesters that work everyday and pay taxes and serve even in our military, When will they be deemed normal and tolerated? After all they both can claim They were born as they are to rape or child molest.How can you discriminate against their deviant behavior anymore than a so called gay person claiming now they are normal and accept them or else, what if those same rapist and child molesters said if you don't accept us in society, we shall rape more and molest even more.why do gays have hate crime protection, we haven't had any gays strung up or denied employment in America. Yet those gays claim they have suffered as much as black people lol. The blacks are stupid enough to let those gays jump on the bandwagon if it gets them more freebies. Those so called Christian and Muslim blacks now accept gays as normal and embrace them.
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