Friday, June 6, 2014

The Gay Thing: And Wisconsin Makes 20 (Plus D.C.)

We can't get too excited just yet, though it is exciting to break 20 marriage equality states. As these things go, there are sometimes "stays" put in place or requested, in order to just be dickish, by conservative politicians. It doesn't always work, and it sometimes is bypassed altogether, we'll just have to see. But today, for now, there are currently 20 states plus Washington D.C. where same-sex couples can legally wed!

We are very nearly at 50% of the country if this doesn't nudge us past it, and if Wisconsin sticks, I think 20--and then of course 25, and 26--are the psychologically big numbers for the movement. At this rate, it could happen before a case hits the Supreme Court, where--unless those nutty jurists throw a wrench in the works--all of these machinations will become unnecessary, spreading to all 50 states.


BREAKING: Federal Judge STRIKES DOWN Wisconsin Ban On Same-Sex Marriage

U.S. District Court Judge Barbara Crabb today struck down the discriminatory amendment to the Wisconsin state constitution preventing same-sex couples from marrying. The American Civil Liberties Union had challenged the law on behalf of eight couples seeking the freedom to marry in Wisconsin or to have their out-of-state marriages recognized. Two of the plaintiffs, Kami Young and Karina Willes of West Milwaukee, were legally married last year in Minnesota and have a newborn daughter. But because Young is the birth mother, she is the only one who is recognized as the legal parent on the birth certificate. . . 

Read more at: Joe.My.God.

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