~~October 7, 2014~~
19 states before, 24 states yesterday, 30 ….. This ruling of the 9th Circuit has added another 5 states …. Total of 35 out of 50, per Rachel Maddow!! 15 states to go.
The tide is turning!!
9th Circuit Court of Appeals rules in favor of the freedom to marry
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Today, October 7, the United States Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit ruled in favor of the freedom to marry in Nevada and Idaho. Just one month ago, the Court heard oral arguments for cases involving the freedom to marry in Idaho, Nevada, and Hawaii on September 8.
The ruling also paves the way for the freedom to marry in Montana, Arizona and Alaska, which also fall under the jurisdiction of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. It is the fourth federal appellate court to rule in favor of the freedom to marry this year, and the second to do so unanimously.
The unanimous opinion, authored by Judge Stephen Reinhardt and joined by Judge Marsha Berzon and Judge Ronald Gould, reads:
We hold that the Idaho and Nevada laws at issue violate the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment because they deny lesbians and gays who wish to marry persons of the same sex a right they afford to individuals who wish to marry persons of the opposite sex, and do not satisfy the heightened scrutiny standard we adopted in Smith-Kline.
Freedom to Marry founder and president Evan Wolfson said today:
Today’s decision from the Ninth Circuit brings to 35 the number of freedom to marry states, and 64% of the American people now live in a state where gay people will soon share in the freedom to marry.
We now have more states that have ended the exclusion of gay couples from marriage than had ended bans on interracial marriage when the Supreme Court brought the country to national resolution in Loving v. Virginia.
We hope that the other federal appellate courts will move swiftly to end the disparity and unfair denial that too many loving and committed couples in the 15 remaining states endure.
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#AmericaIsReady #SameSexCouples #DenyUnconstitutional
~~10 Years of the Freedom to Marry~~
~~Published on May 16, 2014~~
It’s been 10 years since the beginning of the freedom to marry in United States and the founding of Freedom to Marry.
Celebrate how far we’ve come with this video retrospective.
We ALL are ONE!!