Thursday, February 27, 2014

The Gay Thing: Gay Marriage Ban in Texas Found Unconstitutional!

Boy, between states trying to legalize anti-gay discrimination and states tipping toward marriage equality, it seems like every day has some kind of gay news, doesn't it? Throw in Jason Collins, Ellen Page and Michael Sam, and it's just got to be making some people twitchy! Particularly since it's states like Kentucky, Utah, Virginia and now Texas that are seeing their state constitutional amendments get declared federal unconstitutional. Many, many people said these things wouldn't pass constitutional muster back when it was a fad to pass them all over the country. And I think the people who passed them may have even known that. Their number one tactic--even in the face of an inevitable loss--is to delay as long as possible.

Well, gay Texans still have a delay, since this decision is stayed pending appeal. Which is irritating, but expected. I suppose I shouldn't be so impatient, considering the speed things are changing.


Federal Judge Strikes Down Texas’ Ban on Same-Sex Marriage

HOUSTON — A federal judge in Texas struck down the state’s ban on same-sex marriage on Wednesday, ruling that the laws restricting marriage to a man and a woman violated the United States Constitution and handing gay-rights advocates a major legal victory in one of the nation’s biggest and most conservative states. . .

Read more at: New York Times

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