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Old Jun 6, 2014, 02:58 PM   #1
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North Dakota's Same-Sex Marriage ban challenged in court

"Et tu, Brute? Then fall, Caesar."

Probably the most memorable lines people would remember from Julius Caesar. However, apropos, as it was all of his allies that joined in, making Caesar the last to fall.

Same applies to North Dakota. From the news:

http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/...-federal-court

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North Dakota's Gay Marriage Ban Challenged In Federal Court
by Scott Neuman
June 06, 2014 3:37 PM ET

North Dakota is no longer the only state to have its same-sex marriage ban go unchallenged: seven couples on Friday filed suit in federal court in Fargo seeking to overturn a 2004 voter-approved amendment to the state's constitution prohibiting the practice.

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"The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Fargo, challenges both North Dakota's constitutional ban on gay marriage and its refusal to recognize marriages of same-sex couples who legally wed in other states. That means cases are currently pending in all 31 states with gay marriage bans. Judges have overturned several of those bans since the U.S. Supreme Court struck down part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act last year."
In the lawsuit, plaintiffs said North Dakota "will incur little to no burden in allowing same-sex couples to marry and in recognizing the lawful marriages of same-sex couples from other jurisdictions on the same terms as different-sex couples."

It said the state's ban, approved a decade ago by nearly three-quarters of voters subjects same-sex couples seeking to marry to "an irreparable denial of their constitutional rights."

Since the U.S. Supreme Court struck down key provisions of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), the question of same-sex marriage has been wending its way through the courts in numerous states.

In April, for example, a federal judge said he would require the state to recognize gay marriages.
ND is the last state to go. So all states either have same-sex marriage allowed, or have court cases in play.

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Old Jun 6, 2014, 03:07 PM   #2
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Old Jun 6, 2014, 04:26 PM   #3
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Old Jun 6, 2014, 04:59 PM   #4
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And in the time it took me to post that, the AP has come out with news that the Federal judge overseeing the ban in Wisconsin just struck it down, ruling it unconstitutional. No word yet of any appeal, and county clerks are keeping their offices open in case they could start to accept marriage license paperwork today.

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Old Jun 6, 2014, 06:57 PM   #5
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And in the time it took me to post that, the AP has come out with news that the Federal judge overseeing the ban in Wisconsin just struck it down, ruling it unconstitutional. No word yet of any appeal, and county clerks are keeping their offices open in case they could start to accept marriage license paperwork today.

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Looks like it's been a productive pride month so far!
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And in the time it took me to post that, the AP has come out with news that the Federal judge overseeing the ban in Wisconsin just struck it down, ruling it unconstitutional. No word yet of any appeal, and county clerks are keeping their offices open in case they could start to accept marriage license paperwork today.

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Apparently Wisconsin is in some sort of legal limbo right now. Half of their counties are issuing marriage licenses to same sex couples and the other half are not.
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Old Jun 16, 2014, 12:23 PM   #8
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Apparently NOM still thinks there's a chance of a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage. Apparently they suck at math because they need 38 states to agree to do that, where as it's already legal in 19 states. They also think grassroots efforts can reinstate bans in states where they've already been repealed. Not sure how grassroots movements can overturn court orders. Good luck with that one!
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Apparently NOM still thinks there's a chance of a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage. Apparently they suck at math because they need 38 states to agree to do that, where as it's already legal in 19 states. They also think grassroots efforts can reinstate bans in states where they've already been repealed. Not sure how grassroots movements can overturn court orders. Good luck with that one!
Well, to be fair (and pessimistic), just because the judges have struck those laws down doesn't mean the legislators in some of those states won't still try to ratify an amendment.
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Well, to be fair (and pessimistic), just because the judges have struck those laws down doesn't mean the legislators in some of those states won't still try to ratify an amendment.
I guess it's theoretically possibly, but so very unlikely that 38 states at this point in time would ratify a gay marriage ban. It would have probably been very doable 10 years ago. Thankfully, the right missed the opportunity.
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I guess it's a good time to be gay and presbyterian.
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