Marriage Equality ….. “Guam: first U.S. territory with the freedom to marry”!!


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~~June 7, 2015~~ 

Victory: Judge strikes down Guam’s marriage ban

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Congratulate the plaintiffs and legal teams who have fought so hard to end the marriage ban in Guam, soon to be the first U.S. territory with the freedom to marry!

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By Lily Hiott-Millis
Jun 05, 2015 at 08:40 am

On June 5, a federal judge in Guam struck down the U.S. territory’s ban on marriage between same-sex couples

George W. Bush-appointed U.S. District Court Judge Frances M. Tydingco-Gatewood ruled from the bench last night, after hearing oral arguments in a case. The case, Aguero et. al. v Calvo et. al., was brought by Loretta M. Pangelinan and Kathleen M. Aguero in April after they tried to get a marriage license and were denied.

The ruling is stayed until Tuesday, June 9, 8 am local time, which is when Judge Tydingco-Gatewood will also release her written opinion. The judge ruled in line with the 9th Circuit’s previous decision in favor of the freedom to marry in Latta v. Otter, which ended the marriage ban in Idaho, and Sevcik v. Sandoval, which ended the marriage ban in Nevada:

Guam’s marriage laws are unconstitutional because they violate the plaintiffs’ rights under the 14th amendment of the United States Constitution. Accordingly, the court shall permanently enjoin the territory of Guam and its officers … from enforcing … any laws or regulations to the extent they prohibit otherwise qualified same-sex couples from marrying in Guam.

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Evan Wolfson, founder and president of Freedom to Marry, emphasized the momentum for marriage ahead of a decision from the United States Supreme Court on the question of the freedom to marry:

Guam’s same-sex couples and their loved ones want and deserve the freedom to marry and all that marriage can bring — protections, security, and respect. We can now add Guam’s voice to the momentum across America, and hope the Supreme Court will this month ensure that no other families, and no state, are left behind.
Last May, attorneys for the government of Guam wrote that they would respect a ruling to strike down the territory’s marriage ban.

Freedom to Marry congratulates Kathleen and Loretta, as well as other same-sex couples who are finally respected in Guam, on this decision, and applauds Judge Tydingco-Gatwood for ruling on the right side of history.

“As it appears in … full read/full credit”

http://www.freedomtomarry.org/blog/entry/victory-judge-strikes-down-guams-marriage-ban

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“On the right side of history”

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To start the day …. Thank you, Mr. President!!


ObEqual

~~February 11, 2015~~ 

Obama Welcomes Supreme Court Move To End “Patchwork” Marriage Laws
Marriage equality has “hit a critical mass,” the president says in an interview with BuzzFeed News

Ben Smith … BuzzFeed Editor-in-Chief

ChrisGerden …. BuzzFeed News Reporter

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~WASHINGTON~

President Obama Tuesday, February 10,  welcomed the Supreme Court’s signals that marriage equality is on the verge of becoming the law of the land, adding that he expected local Alabama officials resisting the shift to be swept aside by federal courts.

The Supreme Court Monday morning, February 9, refused to put on hold a federal court ruling striking down Alabama’s ban on same-sex couples’ marriages while the ruling is appealed, with Justice Clarence Thomas making clear in a dissent that the court’s action would be seen as a sign the court will soon rule that the Constitution requires equal marriage rights for same-sex couples.

“My sense is that the Supreme Court is about to make a shift, one that I welcome, which is to recognize that — having hit a critical mass of states that have recognized same-sex marriage — it doesn’t make sense for us to now have this patchwork system,” Obama said in an interview with BuzzFeed News.

“It’s time to recognize that under the equal protection clause of the United States Constitution, same-sex couples should have the same rights as anybody else.”

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Obama’s comments came on the second day in which same-sex couples were marrying in Alabama, the 38th state to allow same-sex couples to marry.

While Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore has resisted the U.S. Supreme Court’s direction — going so far as to order probate judges on Feb. 8 not to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples — several judges began issuing licenses anyway Monday morning. Moore’s order, and several probate judges’ own views of the law or marriage, have kept more than half of the counties from issuing licenses, but same-sex couples are marrying in three of the state’s four biggest counties — Jefferson, Madison, and Montgomery Counties. The fourth, Mobile County, is the subject of a Thursday hearing before the federal judge who has already ruled that the marriage ban is unconstitutional.

Obama also dismissed Moore’s attempts to foil the various federal courts’ moves, invoking Moore’s last high-profile clash with federal law over his efforts to bring a religious monument into the state supreme court building.

That dispute ended with his removal from the bench.

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http://www.buzzfeed.com/bensmith/obama-welcomes-supreme-court-move-to-end-patchwork-marriage#.rc2Bd2lEY

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~~It Is Time for Marriage Equality~~

President Obama

~~Published on Feb 11, 2015~~

In an interview with BuzzFeed News on Tuesday, February 10, President Barack Obama said that a “patchwork system” for same-sex marriage doesn’t make sense, adding it is time to recognize marriage equality for same-sex couples.

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37 states …. 13 states to go!

We ALL are ONE!! 

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