Sunday, Dec 15, 2019
 
search SGN
SERVING SEATTLE AND THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST FOR 40 YEARS!

click to visit advertiser's website


Javascript DHTML Drop Down Menu Powered by dhtml-menu-builder.com

Last Weeks Edition
   
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website




 

 
 

 

 

[Valid RSS]

click to go to advertisers website
to Section One | to Arts & Entertainment
posted Friday, September 5 2014 - Volume 42 Issue 36
We win two: Seventh Circuit strikes Indiana and Wisconsin marriage bans
Section One
ALL STORIES
  next story
We win two: Seventh Circuit strikes Indiana and Wisconsin marriage bans

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals handed the LGBT community two victories with a September 4 ruling striking down same-sex marriage bans in Indiana and Wisconsin.

As expected, the three-judge panel ruled unanimously that laws prohibiting same-sex marriage violate the equal protection and due process clauses of the U.S. Constitution. Their deliberations took only nine days - unusually quick for an appeals court.

Writing for the court, Judge Richard Posner reprised the scathing critique of marriage bans he debuted during oral arguments.

'The only rationale that the states put forth with any conviction - that same-sex couples and their children don't need marriage because same-sex couples can't produce children, intended or unintended - is so full of holes that it cannot be taken seriously,' he wrote.

'Because homosexuality is not a voluntary condition and homosexuals are among the most stigmatized, misunderstood, and discriminated-against minorities in the history of the world, the disparagement of their sexual orientation, implicit in the denial of marriage rights to same-sex couples, is a source of continuing pain to the homosexual community,' Posner said.

'Not that allowing same-sex marriage will change in the short run the negative views that many Americans hold of same-sex marriage,' he continued.

'But it will enhance the status of these marriages in the eyes of other Americans, and in the long run it may convert some of the opponents of such marriage by demonstrating that homosexual married couples are in essential respects, notably in the care of their adopted children, like other married couples.'

During oral arguments last month, he compared same-sex marriage bans to laws that once outlawed interracial marriage. They derived from 'hate' and 'savage discrimination' against Gays and Lesbians, he said. While attorneys for Indiana and Wisconsin argued that the bans helped foster a centuries-old tradition of marriage between men and women, Posner replied that 'tradition' is not a 'lawful ground for discrimination.'

Wisconsin Attorney General J.B Van Hollen said he would appeal the ruling to the U.S. Supreme Court, but marriage rights advocates were delighted with the Seventh Circuit's decision.

'The court has affirmed the love and commitment our plaintiffs and thousands of same-sex couples in Indiana and Wisconsin have for each other,' Lambda Legal Staff Attorney Paul Castillo said.

'The unanimous decision also reinforces the importance of marriage for the children of same-sex couples, who shouldn't have to grow up thinking their families are inferior to other families. Today's ruling adds to the incredible legal momentum for marriage we are seeing in courts across the country; it is a joyous day for freedom and justice in the Midwest.'

'Today's sharp and scathing ruling demolishes the arguments and unsubstantiated claims made by opponents of the freedom to marry, repeated in the outlier decision out of Louisiana [September 3], and affirms what nearly 40 other federal and state courts have found: the denial of the freedom to marry inflicts real harms and is constitutionally indefensible,' Freedom to Marry President Evan Wolfson said in a statement.

'Judge Posner's authoritative opinion points the way, and the Supreme Court should move swiftly now to end marriage discrimination nationwide, without prolonging the harms and indignity that too many couples continue to endure in too much of the country.'

Like U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman, who reached on opposite conclusion in the September 3 Louisiana marriage ruling, Posner was appointed to the federal bench by Ronald Reagan. The other judges on the Seventh Circuit panel were Barack Obama appointee David Hamilton, and Ann Claire Williams, a Bill Clinton appointee.

Tell a friend:

Share on Facebook  Share on Facebook

Post to MySpace!Share on MySpace!

    Share on Delicious

Share on StumbleUpon!

We win two: Seventh Circuit strikes Indiana and Wisconsin marriage bans
------------------------------
We lose one: Judge upholds Louisiana marriage ban
------------------------------
Jenny Durkan to leave U.S. Attorney role
------------------------------
JESSE'S JOURNAL: A Conversation with Johnny Diaz: Two Cubans Talking
------------------------------
ACLU attorney, Sher Kung, who worked to overturn Major Margaret Witt's DADT case, killed in bike accident
------------------------------
HRC calls for government official to spearhead LGBT rights around the globe
------------------------------
Marriage equality cost me reelection, Hawaii governor claims&

Or was he just a bad governor?

------------------------------
Little Caesars sued for anti-Gay discrimination
------------------------------
Landmark gender recognition law in Denmark
------------------------------
Mexican state of Coahuila legalizes same-sex marriage
------------------------------
Kiki With D
------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------
BREAKING NEWS
------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

click to visit advertiser's website

click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
Seattle Gay Blog post your own information on
the Seattle Gay Blog
 

gay news feeds gay news readers gay rss gay
http://sgn.org/rss.xml | what is RSS? | Add to Google use Google to set up your RSS feed
SGN Calendar For Mobile Phones http://sgn.org/rssCalendarMobile.xml
SGN Calendar http://sgn.org/rssCalendar.xml

Seattle Gay News - SGN
1605 12 Ave., Ste. 31
Seattle, WA 98122

Phone 206-324-4297
Fax 206-322-7188

email: sgn2@sgn.org
website suggestions: web@sgn.org

copyright Seattle Gay News 2014 - DigitalTeamWorks 2014

USA Gay News American News American Gay News USA American Gay News United States American Lesbian News USA American Lesbian News United States USA News
Pacific Northwest News in Seattle News in Washington State News