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    Judge throws out Pennsylvania's ban on gay marriage

    Judge throws out Pennsylvania's ban on gay marriage

    A federal judge declared Pennsylvania's ban on gay marriage unconstitutional Tuesday.The ruling by Judge John E. Jones III ruling would make Pennsylvania the last Northeast state to allow same-sex marriages, although the state could challenge the decision before the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.Several couples sued the state in July for the right to marry in Pennsylvania or to have their out-of-state same-sex marriages recognized. A 1996 state law defines marriage as a union between a man and a woman.The state's Democratic attorney general, Kathleen Kane, had declined to defend the law in court. GOP Gov. Tom Corbett took up the case, however, with lawyers for his administration arguing that states have the right to determine the definition of marriage.

    Judges have tossed out similar bans in a half dozen states since the Supreme Court decision.The Pennsylvania lawsuit, filed by the state American Civil Liberties Union, claimed the state's own Defense of Marriage Act and its refusal to marry lesbian and gay couples or recognize their out-of-state marriages violates the fundamental right to marry -- and, by discriminating based on sexual orientation, the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment.
    Back-up links:
    Judge Strikes Down Pennsylvania Same-Sex Marriage Ban - NBC News
    Judge strikes down Pennsylvania gay marriage ban | MSNBC
    Federal judge strikes down Pennsylvania law barring gay marriage | Reuters
    Pennsylvania gay marriage ban overturned by judge
    Pennsylvania same-sex marriage ban struck down

    "and the walls, come tumbling down"
    WOOOOWHOOOOOOO! MY HOME STATE!!!!!

    good for you PA! Now in the near future many PA residents will share in equal rights like I already do. This will probably get appealed to the 3rd but no worries at all. The other two states in the third already have equality. Another great day for equal rights.

    Changes/Updates in RED
    5/20/14 Version 12.0

    27 States with Equal Rights ( 8 pending/stay)

    Massachusetts - May 17, 2004
    Connecticut - November 12, 2008
    Iowa - April 27, 2009
    Vermont - September 1, 2009
    New Hampshire - January 1, 2010
    Washing D.C. - March 9, 2010
    FALL OF DADT Dec 18, 2010
    New York - July 24, 2011
    Washington - December 6, 2012
    Maine - December 29, 2012
    Maryland - January 1, 2013
    FALL OF DOMA - June 26, 2013
    California - June 28, 2013
    Delaware - July 1, 2013
    Rhode Island - August 1, 2013
    Minnesota - August 1, 2013
    New Jersey - October 21, 2013
    Illinois - (ruled on Nov 20th 2013) June 1, 2014 effective
    Hawaii - December 2, 2013
    New Mexico – December 19, 2013
    Utah – December 20. 2013 ( Stayed and will be ruled on with OK)
    Oklahoma - ( Stayed and will be ruled on with UT)
    GSK v. Abbott Laboratories - January 21, 2014 (could be huge in gay rights, discrimination/heightened scrutiny)
    Kentucky - February 2/14/14 (Must recognize out-of-state marriages) which will lead to their ban being defeated
    Virginia - February 14/14 (Stayed)
    Texas - February 26/2014 (Stayed, pending 10th Circuit Court of Appeals)
    Michigan - March 21, 2014 (Stayed)
    Arkansas - May 5, 2014 (Stayed)
    Idaho May 13, 2014 (Stayed)
    Oregon 5/20/2014
    Pennsylvania May 20, 2014


    22 States Working Towards Equal Rights

    13 States with Pending Court Cases to Establish Equal Rights[/B]
    Alabama
    Indiana (ruling for ONE marriage but other law suits following)
    Kansas
    Georgia
    Louisiana
    Mississippi
    Nebraska
    North Carolina
    South Carolina
    Tennessee (Direct US Constitution Challenge)(Prilim in and 3 couples are recognized, later broader ruling coming)
    West Virginia
    Wisconsin
    Wyoming


    5 States with Court Case(s) and Legislation to establish Equal Rights
    Arizona
    Florida
    Missouri
    Nevada
    Ohio (December 2013 trial) Trial had narrow ruling that Ohio will recognize OTHER state marriages but didn’t impact bans. New cases expected.

    2 States with Legislation to Establish Equal Rights
    Alaska
    Colorado

    thats 47 states that could have equal rights by 2016 and some much sooner!

    US Court of Appeals Tracker
    Map: Court Locator
    1st - all states have equal rights
    2nd - all states have equal rights
    3rd - pending
    4th - april/may court case
    5th- pending
    6th - pending
    7th- pending
    8th- two cases that the plaintiffs PLAN to take all the way up if needed but nothing pending
    9th- pending (statement released "as soon as possible")

    Also 3 State Attorney Generals no longer defending the constitutionality of bans, joining the case against them or reviewing their constitutionality
    California (Has equal rights now)
    Illinois (Has Equal rights now)
    Organ(has equal rights now)
    Pennsylvania(has equal rights now)
    Kentucky
    Nevada
    Virginia(stayed)

    3 States that still have unequal rights and nothing pending to change it yet, that’s it 3
    Montana
    North Dakota
    South Dakota

    #EqualRightsAreWinning!!!!!!!!!!!!



    also please feel free to let me know of any corrections or updates that need made, equality is kicking so much ass its hard to keep up, thanks



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    Re: Judge throws out Pennsylvania's ban on gay marriage

    some quotes from the judge and his rulling

    "We now join the 12 federal district courts across the country which, when confronted with these inequities in their own states, have concluded that all couples deserve equal dignity in the realm of civil marriage,"
    "The issue we resolve today is a divisive one. Some of our citizens are made deeply uncomfortable by the notion of same-sex marriage. However, that same-sex marriage causes discomfort in some does not make its prohibition constitutional. Nor can past tradition trump the bedrock constitutional guarantees of due process and equal protection. Were that not so, ours would still be a racially segregated nation according to the now rightfully discarded doctrine of "separate but equal..." In the sixty years since Brown was decided, "separate has thankfully faded into history, and only "equal" remains. Similarly, in future generations, the label "same sex marriage" will be abandoned, to be replaced simply by "marriage."
    We are a better people than what these laws represent, and it is time to discard them into the ash heap of history."
    "Plaintiffs suffer a multitude of daily harms, for instance in the area of child-rearing, healthcare, taxation and end-of--life planning,"
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    Re: Judge throws out Pennsylvania's ban on gay marriage

    Are these the facts?
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    Re: Judge throws out Pennsylvania's ban on gay marriage

    Quote Originally Posted by Robbie Loucks View Post
    Are these the facts?
    lol
    youll have to be more specific, some are some are not. The thread title is
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    Re: Judge throws out Pennsylvania's ban on gay marriage

    Why vote? We can just do away with it altogether and have the Judiciary decide everything.

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    Re: Judge throws out Pennsylvania's ban on gay marriage

    Quote Originally Posted by AGENT J View Post
    lol
    youll have to be more specific, some are some are not. The thread title is
    I feel ya. I'm happy about the results of this ruling.
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    Re: Judge throws out Pennsylvania's ban on gay marriage

    Quote Originally Posted by clownboy View Post
    Why vote? We can just do away with it altogether and have the Judiciary decide everything.
    Indeed..

    An openly Gay judge ruled on the Oregon law yesterday. (should have recused himself)

    http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Justice...efend-it-video

    This will continue until the states say NO MORE!
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    Quote Originally Posted by clownboy View Post
    Why vote? We can just do away with it altogether and have the Judiciary decide everything.
    Peoples votes dont mean squat when they are unconstitutional lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by WCH View Post
    1.)An openly Gay judge ruled on the Oregon law yesterday. (should have recused himself)
    2.)This will continue until the states say NO MORE!
    1.) why? theres no logic for this at all lol
    2.) states dont get to make that decision. This is why the states are losing. They have no rights to violate the constitution/individual rights so the FED is fixing it.
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