Nancy Pelosi Celebrates The Latest Victory For Marriage Equality

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Today marks an important day for marriage equality in the United States as the Supreme Court refused to review several circuit court rulings that strike down state bans on same sex marriage.  It means that marriage equality will be recognized in Indiana, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin.

Nancy Pelosi’s reaction, In a statement,  reflected the reality that discriminatory laws, like those opposing marriage equality, should be swept to the dustbin of history.

Today’s action by the Supreme Court to decline challenges to marriage equality victories in Indiana, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin represents progress for all Americans.  As we celebrate the cascade of decisions in favor of marriage equality, we must renew our determination to sweep discriminatory laws into the dustbin of history.

There is no argument for and no justice in sustaining these unconstitutional laws that deny the reality of LGBT families in states across the country.  No couple should have to live in fear that their marriage will be invalidated, that the death of a spouse may lead to a forced eviction, or that a distant relative can have more influence in health-related decisions that a loving partner.

We cannot rest until all LGBT Americans in every community, in every state can enjoy the benefits of full citizenship.  Congress must act to pass the Respect For Marriage Act to fully repeal the remainder of the deeply discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act and ensure that all families are fully recognized and honored – no matter where they live.  Whether at home or in the workplace, the progress of equality will not be denied.

In hindsight, this decision was predictable because there was a consensus among the Circuit Court’s in favor of marriage equality. Several of them based their rulings on the Supreme Court’s reasoning in U.S. v. Windsor, in the ruling that struck down the Defense of Marriage Act.

Ironically, one of the Supreme Court’s staunchest opponents of marriage equality, Justice Antonin Scalia predicted this outcome in his dissent.

While the Supreme Court has yet to rule on the constitutionality of marriage equality, it’s actions so far, weigh in marriage equality’s favor.

If, by some chance, a circuit court strikes down a state law in favor of marriage equality, it’s likely the Supreme Court will take the case.

However, as marriage equality becomes the norm in America, it becomes increasingly difficult, if not impossible, for the Supreme Court to uphold a ban.  To do so, would amount to creating confusion for same sex couples who marry, and a court subsequently upholds a ban.

Indeed, the SCOTUS granted stays in the enforcement of earlier court rulings that struck down same sex marriage to prevent that sort of confusion.  The court wanted to prevent that confusion in Utah, when it issued a stay to prevent enforcement of a court ruling that struck the state’s ban down.  It’s even less likely that the Court would want to create this sort of confusion nation wide. Before today, 20 states recognize same sex marriage.  Today’s decision adds five more and it’s likely another six states will be added to the list in the coming weeks. With 31 states recognizing marriage equality and the passage of time, that confusion would spell legal chaos if the Court eventually decided to uphold a ban on marriage equality.

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10 Replies to “Nancy Pelosi Celebrates The Latest Victory For Marriage Equality”

  1. Not only legal chaos, but it would say that our court system is worthless if the SCOTUS went on the side of banning these marriages.

    With up to 30 courts saying its ok, the SCOTUS would indicate they have no intention of following the constitution if they denied gay marriage

  2. Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin released a totally expected teabagger response.
    “The people of Oklahoma have the right to determine how marriage is defined. In 2004, Oklahomans exercised that right, voting by a margin of 3-1 to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

    “The will of the people has now been overridden by unelected federal justices, accountable to no one. That is both undemocratic and a violation of states’ rights. Rather than allowing states to make their own policies that reflect the values and views of their residents, federal judges have inserted themselves into a state issue to pursue their own agendas.

    “Today’s decision has been cast by the media as a victory for gay rights. What has been ignored, however, is the right of Oklahomans and Americans in every state, to write their own laws and govern themselves as they see fit. Those rights have once again been trampled by an arrogant, out-of-control federal government that wants to substitute Oklahoma values with Washington, D.C. values.”
    So, you’re pissed at the US Constitution’s equal protections.
    Too bad, so sad, said GLAAD

  3. Mary Fallin is an idiot and needs to be voted out. I hope Oklahoma Democrats show up and vote Joe Dorman for Governor! I’m recruiting as many as I can!

  4. DINO Dorman has moved to the right of Fallin on two key issues, gun control and common core. It wouldn’t surprise me if he releases a similar “states’ rights” statement.

    Elizabeth Warren, please come back home!

  5. The Church, doesn’t matter which one, doesn’t run the government. They thought they could bankroll some ballot initiatives in various states and stop marriage equality. They were wrong. They should have learned from the civil rights struggle. Discrimination will not be tolerated.

  6. Hate to burst your bubble, but DOMA has NOT been struck down. The ruling of the SCOTUS only struck down section 3, the definition of marriage which said the marriage is between a man and a women.

    They have refused to rule on these cases, and have left the decision to the lower district courts. States that still have the rest of DOMA intact can still refuse to marry gays or recognise a gay marriage from another state.

    IMO, the SCOTUS has taken a cowards way out. Leaving a number of states in limbo. ANYTHING that crosses state boundaries like DOMA does is suppose to come under their purview and yet they prefer to ignore it, however it isn’t going to go away. Apparently the 5 Catholic jurists do not wish to be excoriated by their masters if they follow the Constitution and not their masters.

  7. Even though the SCOTUS refused to hear these states’ appeals, Gov. Mead (R)says Wyoming doesn’t plan to change a thing, obstinate little bugger. Ted Cruz is leading the pack and pledging to introduce a constitutional amendment to ban the SCOTUS and other courts from overturning states’ gay marriage bans. It’s not gonna happen. This is another ploy designed to raise his political profile and waste our tax money on something that probably won’t get far in Congress. Even if Cruz’s amendment is passed by Congress, it takes three-fourths of the states to ratify a constitutional amendment (38) in order to add it to the Constitution, and the numbers are NOT in Cruz’s favor. He already knows this, but since when has it ever mattered to him that he’s wasting Congress’s time and our money? He’s harnessing this issue in his drive to win the GOPTP presidential nomination in 2016, and that’s all that matters to him, plus, he can raise campaign funds by fleecing the anti-gay rubes!

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