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    Arkansas, Mississippi overturn gay marriage bans

    Arkansas, Mississippi overturn gay marriage bans | Fox News

    Arkansas, Mississippi overturn gay marriage bans

    In Arkansas, U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker ruled in favor of two same-sex couples who had challenged the amendment. They argued the ban violated the U.S. Constitution and discriminated based on sexual orientation."The fact that Amendment 83 was adopted by referendum does not immunize it from federal constitutional scrutiny," Baker wrote in her ruling. The state's marriage laws and the amendment violate the U.S. Constitution by "precluding same-sex couples from exercising their fundamental right to marry in Arkansas, by not recognizing valid same-sex marriages from other states, and by discriminating on the basis of gender," Baker wrote.

    U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves wrote in his ruling, "The Fourteenth Amendment operates to remove the blinders of inequality from our eyes. Though we cherish our traditional values, they must give way to constitutional wisdom. Mississippi's traditional beliefs about gay and lesbian citizens led it to defy that wisdom by taking away fundamental rights owed to every citizen. It is time to restore those rights.""Today's decision may cause uneasiness and concern about the change it will bring," he wrote. "But "'(t)hings change, people change, times change, and Mississippi changes, too.' The man who said these words, Ross R. Barnett, Jr., knew firsthand their truth."
    Judges Strike Down Arkansas, Mississippi Gay Marriage Bans - NBC News
    Gay marriage bans in Mississippi, Arkansas overturned - LA Times

    more steps in the right direction! Equal rights just cant stop winning! BE PROUD AMERICA!!!
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    Re: Arkansas, Mississippi overturn gay marriage bans

    Heres where we stand today! Its only a matter of times and my guess is no longer then the end of 2016, but i wouldnt be surprised if it happened next year.

    Changes/Updates in RED
    11/26/2014 Version 23.1

    35 States with Equal Rights and 10 Stayed/Appealed/Pending

    35 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 19, 2014
    Pennsylvania May 20, 2014
    Utah Oct. 6, 2014
    Oklahoma Oct. 6, 2014
    Virginia Oct. 6, 2014
    Wisconsin Oct 6,. 2014
    Indiana Oct 6, 2014
    Colorado Oct 7, 2014
    Nevada Oct. 9, 2014
    West Virginia Oct. 9, 2014
    North Carolina Oct. 10, 2014
    Idaho Oct. 15, 2014
    Alaska Oct. 17, 2014
    Arizona Oct 17, 2014
    Wyoming Oct. 21, 2014
    Kansas Nov. 12, 2014
    Montana Nov. 19, 2014
    South Carolina Nov. 20, 2014


    10 Stayed/Appealed/Pending
    Arkansas - May 5, 2014 state court (Stayed), Nov 25 state supreme court (Stayed)
    Florida - July 17th, 2014
    *Kentucky - February 14, 2014 (Must recognize out-of-state marriages which will lead to their ban being defeated) (6th going to SCOTUS)
    Louisiana – Sept 22, 2014 (appealed to the 5th)
    *Michigan - March 21, 2014 (Stayed) (6th going to SCOTUS)
    Mississippi – Nov 25, 2014 (stayed)
    Missouri – Nov 7, 2014 (Stayed)
    *Ohio - April, 2014 Trial had narrow ruling that Ohio will recognize OTHER state marriages but didn’t impact bans. New cases expected. (6th going to SCOTUS)
    *Tennessee March, 2014 (Direct US Constitution Challenge)(Prilim in and 3 couples are recognized, later broader ruling coming) (6th going to SCOTUS)
    Texas - February 26, 2014 (Stayed)


    9 States Working Towards Equal Rights

    5 States with Pending Court Cases to Establish Equal Rights
    Alabama (federal lawsuit)
    Georgia (federal lawsuit)
    Nebraska (Lawsuit and amendment)
    North Dakota (Amendment)
    South Dakota (Amendment)


    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 (puetro rico pending)
    2nd - all states have equal rights
    3rd - pending
    4th - ruled for equal rights, states to fall shortly
    5th- pending (jan)
    6th – pending SCOTUS
    7th- ruled for equal rights, states to fall shortly
    8th- nothing pending, talks of two cases
    9th- pending (statement released "as soon as possible")
    10th - ruled for equal rights, states to fall shortly
    11th - pending



    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)

    ALL STATES ARE NOW 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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    It's time for the anti-SSM crowd to finally die off or do us a favor and take themselves out. Let's just do this already and get on with our lives. Is there really nothing more important in life than spewing hate for no reason whatsoever?

    Glad this happened. Another 2 bite the dust.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RabidAlpaca View Post
    It's time for the anti-SSM crowd to finally die off or do us a favor and take themselves out. Let's just do this already and get on with our lives. Is there really nothing more important in life than spewing hate for no reason whatsoever?

    Glad this happened. Another 2 bite the dust.
    well i agree if that crowd are the ones that are actively trying to stop equal rights. Nobody who is honest respects them or takes them seriously.
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    Re: Arkansas, Mississippi overturn gay marriage bans

    What's going on about SSM in Puerto Rico?
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    Re: Arkansas, Mississippi overturn gay marriage bans

    Quote Originally Posted by RabidAlpaca View Post
    It's time for the anti-SSM crowd to finally die off or do us a favor and take themselves out. Let's just do this already and get on with our lives. Is there really nothing more important in life than spewing hate for no reason whatsoever?

    Glad this happened. Another 2 bite the dust.
    It won't be over until it's taken to SCOTUS and they're finally forced to rule on this. It'll be nice to finally see SCOTUS put this nonstop argument away. It'll be great to hear that religion doesn't have a monopoly on the word marriage.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hatuey View Post
    It won't be over until it's taken to SCOTUS and they're finally forced to rule on this. It'll be nice to finally see SCOTUS put this nonstop argument away. It'll be great to hear that religion doesn't have a monopoly on the word marriage.
    Agreed, that is true now that thier is a circuit break, before that though it would have been possible to not go to SCOTUS but id prefer to anyway just because there will be less crying and strawmen argued over the victory of equal rights
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    Quote Originally Posted by RabidAlpaca View Post
    It's time for the anti-SSM crowd to finally die off or do us a favor and take themselves out. Let's just do this already and get on with our lives. Is there really nothing more important in life than spewing hate for no reason whatsoever?

    Glad this happened. Another 2 bite the dust.
    That is a queer thing to say in reaction to a gay crowing victory of equality of the inequal. But if you meant that it is pointless to hope for rationality in this question, you are quite right.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AGENT J View Post
    well i agree if that crowd are the ones that are actively trying to stop equal rights. Nobody who is honest respects them or takes them seriously.
    You are right that it is certainly a gay old mob that wants to act as though gay matrimony were the same as matrimony of two sexes. But the gout de jour is irrational and so we will act as though they were the same.

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