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US: Pennsylvania county agrees to issue same-sex marriage licence

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  1. GulliverUK 24 Jul 2013, 9:17am

    State constitutional bans on same-sex marriage clearly have no legal validity following the SCOTUS rulings. I guess we’ll see them fall one-by-one, with some states entering potentially lengthy legal challenges to keep theirs, whilst in other states they won’t be defended. It’s going to be patchy but that’s the absolute first step to marriage equality in a state. I wish the Supreme Court had definitively ruled they were all unconstitutional rather than using a more subtle approach, but if it’s unconstitutional in one state, it’s unconstitutional for all.

    I hope people will remember all the pain and suffering these anti-gay religious zealots have put them through, but remember all those of faith who support their equality too.

    1. Robert in S. Kensington 24 Jul 2013, 12:02pm

      Yes, it’s a lengthy process in the U.S. It will be years before all states recognise same-sex marriages although there is a movement in the Democratic Party I believe led by former speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi to strike down parts 1 and 2 of DOMA which would introduce equal marriage in all states. It’s a pity the Supreme Court is outnumbered by very conservative catholic republicans one of whom (Antonin Scalia) is an Opus Dei member. I wonder how many more states will legalise it this year? I know Illinois is on the verge of doing it.

      1. bobbleobble 24 Jul 2013, 3:13pm

        I think Illinois and possibly New Jersey are the only real prospects for this year. Illinois is still dragging its heels though and New Jersey depends on them getting enough votes to override Christie’s veto. If they can’t do that then it might go to a vote in November.

        The other states that don’t require referendums are Indiana, West Virginia, Wyoming (no chance of getting through any of those legislatures), New Mexico, Pennsylvania (Republican governors who won’t sign off on SSM) and Hawaii which for some inexplicable reason seems determined not to move on this issue despite being a Democratic stronghold and the governor being supportive.

        Next year and 2016 will be the biggies when states like Oregon, Ohio and Nevada begin to put their constitutional bans back to the people.

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