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    Lawsuit challenges North Dakota gay marriage ban

    http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/n...-ban/10082033/



    Lawsuit challenges North Dakota gay marriage ban

    North Dakota on Friday became the last of 31 states to have its ban on same-sex marriage challenged as unconstitutional.The lawsuit was filed hours before a federal judge in Wisconsin struck down a similar ban in Wisconsin.
    In North Dakota, seven couples filed suit in federal court, arguing that the 2004 voter-approved constitutional amendment — which limits marriage to heterosexuals — violates the equal-protection and due-process guarantees of the U.S. Constitution. The suit additionally says the state must recognize marriages of same-sex couples who wed in other states, the so-called "right to travel" also outlined in the 14th Amendment. Since the June 2013 U.S. Supreme Court decision striking down the section of the federal Defense of Marriage Act that defined marriage as between a man and a woman, judges nationwide have nullified several such bans.

    "Same-sex couples are identical to different-sex couples in all characteristics relevant to marriage," the suit states. "Without any legitimate governmental interest, North Dakota has targeted a minority of individuals for discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation."The state 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," the suit continues, adding that the couples are subject to "an irreparable denial of their constitutional rights."
    http://www.latimes.com/nation/nation...606-story.html
    http://www.msnbc.com/msnbc/north-dak...rriage-lawsuit
    http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/...0EH2CW20140607
    http://www.wisconsingazette.com/tren...-equality.html



    WOW it happened faster than predicted!!!
    Now ALL 50 states have equal rights or are fighting for equal rights. ALL 50!!!!

    The dominoes of discrimination and or bigotry continue to fall. This along with Wisconsin establishing equal rights today are two more major steps.
    Are there any doubts for anyone any more that equal rights are winning?

    the only questions left now is when? what will be the last state or will SCOTUS make it national before each case gets settled.

    Changes/Updates in RED
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    20 States with Equal Rights and 10 Stayed/Appealed/Pending

    19 States with Equal Rights

    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
    GSK v. Abbott Laboratories - January 21, 2014 (could be huge in gay rights, discrimination/heightened scrutiny)
    Oregon May 20, 2014
    Pennsylvania May 20, 2014
    Wisconsin June 5, 2014


    10 Stayed/Appealed/Pending
    Utah – December 20, 2013 (Stayed)
    Oklahoma - (Stayed)
    Kentucky - February 14, 2014 (Must recognize out-of-state marriages which will lead to their ban being defeated)
    Virginia - February 14, 2014 (Stayed)
    Texas - February 26, 2014 (Stayed)
    Tennessee March, 2014 (Direct US Constitution Challenge)(Prilim in and 3 couples are recognized, later broader ruling coming)
    Michigan - March 21, 2014 (Stayed)
    Ohio April, 2014 Trial had narrow ruling that Ohio will recognize OTHER state marriages but didn’t impact bans. New cases expected.
    Arkansas - May 5, 2014 (Stayed)
    Idaho - May 13, 2014 (Stayed)


    20 States Working Towards Equal Rights

    13 States with Pending Court Cases to Establish Equal Rights
    Alabama
    Georgia
    Kansas
    Louisiana
    Mississippi
    Montana
    Nebraska
    North Carolina
    North Dakota
    South Carolina
    South Dakota
    West Virginia
    Wyoming

    7 States with Court Cases and Legislation to establish Equal Rights
    Alaska
    Arizona
    Colorado
    Indiana
    Florida
    Missouri
    Nevada


    thats 50 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- nothing pending, talks of two cases
    9th- pending (statement released "as soon as possible")

    State Attorney Generals no longer defending the bans due to their unconstitutionality
    California (Has equal rights now)
    Illinois (Has Equal rights now)
    Kentucky
    Nevada
    Oregon (has equal rights now)
    Pennsylvania(has equal rights now)
    Virginia(stayed)

    1THERE ARE NO STATES LEFT NOT FIGHTING FOR EQUAL RIGHTS

    #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: Lawsuit challenges North Dakota gay marriage ban

    Another step forward!


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    Re: Lawsuit challenges North Dakota gay marriage ban

    I don't see how a state legislator could ban gay marriage when it was never legal in the first place.

    Also, why the hell should government be involved in marriage in the first place baffles me.

    I'm not personally endorsing gay marriage - I'm just questioning our inept governments.

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    Re: Lawsuit challenges North Dakota gay marriage ban

    Quote Originally Posted by Mr.Nick View Post
    1.)I don't see how a state legislator could ban gay marriage when it was never legal in the first place.
    2.)Also, why the hell should government be involved in marriage in the first place baffles me.
    3.)I'm not personally endorsing gay marriage - I'm just questioning our inept governments.
    1.) in ways this is true the state had no power to ban gay marriage and infringe on rights and thats why the fed is fixing it
    2.) common sense is why they are involved its a legal contract and the government is needed to protect it and the rights/privileges that come along with it like other contracts
    3.) i agree the states were definitely inept on this issue and overstepping thier powers but luckily its being fixed.

    I hope similar fixes happen with gun rights.
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    Re: Lawsuit challenges North Dakota gay marriage ban

    Didn't this story come out a couple weeks ago?

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    Re: Lawsuit challenges North Dakota gay marriage ban

    Quote Originally Posted by Cardinal View Post
    Didn't this story come out a couple weeks ago?
    yes and no, the story about north dakota being the last and lawyers plan on bringing a case against the state with in 6-8 weeks was posted but this is the official case now, weeks ahead of schedule.
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    Re: Lawsuit challenges North Dakota gay marriage ban

    Quote Originally Posted by AGENT J View Post
    yes and no, the story about north dakota being the last and lawyers plan on bringing a case against the state with in 6-8 weeks was posted but this is the official case now, weeks ahead of schedule.
    Ah. Well good for them.

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    Re: Lawsuit challenges North Dakota gay marriage ban

    Quote Originally Posted by AGENT J View Post
    1.) in ways this is true the state had no power to ban gay marriage and infringe on rights and thats why the fed is fixing it
    2.) common sense is why they are involved its a legal contract and the government is needed to protect it and the rights/privileges that come along with it like other contracts
    3.) i agree the states were definitely inept on this issue and overstepping thier powers but luckily its being fixed.

    I hope similar fixes happen with gun rights.
    Good luck with your tyrannical gun wishes - especially when concerned citizens are displaying AR;s and other firearms just to prove a point.

    As far as "gay marriage" - the state should have no role in that issue, unless that state previously outlawed gay marriage. Even then I don't believe the state should be involved unless the state want's to take it to a ballot initiative.

    However the simple fact you want guns banned really show's you're a tyrant.

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    Re: Lawsuit challenges North Dakota gay marriage ban

    Quote Originally Posted by Mr.Nick View Post
    1.)Good luck with your tyrannical gun wishes - especially when concerned citizens are displaying AR;s and other firearms just to prove a point.
    2.)As far as "gay marriage" - the state should have no role in that issue, unless that state previously outlawed gay marriage.
    3.)Even then I don't believe the state should be involved unless the state want's to take it to a ballot initiative.
    4.)However the simple fact you want guns banned really show's you're a tyrant.
    1.) what are you talking about lol, whats tyrannical about supporting gun rights?
    thank you for just proving you dont understand this issue at all. The states have overstepped its powers with some gun laws just like they did with banning gay marriage and thats what I was talking about.
    thank you for putting the biased in your posts on full display.

    2.) correct the state had no right to ban marriage
    3.) states cant do this either thats way their mistake is being fixed. cant put equal rights issue on a ballot.
    4.) except i dont nor have i ever even come close to suggesting so but thank you for proving you dont read what people actually post and just post lies and mentally retard "rhetoric" that doesnt apply to whats actually being said.

    Based on what I said It actually makes ZERO sense to even think i want them banned, i have a CWP myself. maybe take a look at my avatar and notice the pro-gun sign on it LMAO

    thank you for completely owning your own post.
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    Re: Lawsuit challenges North Dakota gay marriage ban

    Quote Originally Posted by AGENT J View Post
    1.) what are you talking about lol, whats tyrannical about supporting gun rights?
    thank you for just proving you dont understand this issue at all. The states have overstepped its powers with some gun laws just like they did with banning gay marriage and thats what I was talking about.
    thank you for putting the biased in your posts on full display.

    2.) correct the state had no right to ban marriage
    3.) states cant do this either thats way their mistake is being fixed. cant put equal rights issue on a ballot.
    4.) except i dont nor have i ever even come close to suggesting so but thank you for proving you dont read what people actually post and just post lies and mentally retard "rhetoric" that doesnt apply to whats actually being said.

    Based on what I said It actually makes ZERO sense to even think i want them banned, i have a CWP myself. maybe take a look at my avatar and notice the pro-gun sign on it LMAO

    thank you for completely owning your own post.
    Well I suppose, in a legal system you need law to back your argument hence precedent. Now I am getting quit sick of homosexuals comparied to interracial marriage.

    In you progressive mindset you may not agree, but legally you have ZERO legal grounds for your arguments other than progressive judges that are in place to insure progressive ideas are manifested regardless of the Bill of Rights or Constitution.

    Would you like me to start throwing judges that have been paid off to violate the Bill of Rights and the Constitution?

    The best part is that I could care less about gay marriage and more judges that have a political agenda,

    Half these clowns should be held on charges of contempt and perjury. because a system if for the greater good of the progressive and NOT legality.

    The corruption astutute as is the corruption.

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