Another step forward for gay marriage

  • Article by: Greg Sargent , Washington Post
  • Updated: October 20, 2012 - 1:19 PM

A federal appeals court in New York has become the second in the country to rule the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional.

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kd5757Oct. 20, 12 1:45 PM

The courts are the great equalizer protecting the rights of the minority from the tyranny of the majority. The courts will ultimately decide and most likely in favor of same-sex marriage since the government has no credible reason to deny it. The courts allow expert witnesses and require that individuals testify under oath and face cross-examination. The anti-gay marriage group did not fare so well in the Prop 8 trial as their only expert witness ended up providing information, under oath, that helped the pro-gay marriage group. When the light of reason shines on the issue, proponents of same-sex marriage have the advantage which is why they have been winning recent court cases. Laws that strip away rights of citizens, such as the Minnesota marriage amendment does, are doomed to be reversed by federal courts just as the state laws/amendments that prohibited interracial marriage were.

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kd5757Oct. 20, 12 1:54 PM

27 state marriage amendments were passed during or prior to 2006. Only one state marriage amendment (North Carolina) has been passed this decade. Polls showing larger numbers of people in favor of same-sex marriage, however, have increased significantly in the past two years. A landslide victory against gay marriage in southern states like Mississippi and Alabama were 86% and 81%, respectively, last decade. A "landslide" victory in ultra-conservative North Carolina was 61% this decade. The sun is beginning to set on fear and intolerance.

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pumiceOct. 20, 12 2:06 PM

From the article: "[A]ny attempt by government to discriminate against gay people must have an 'exceedingly persuasive' justification." In other words, "Equal protection" applies to everyone--women and men, young and old people, people of every color, people who belong to an organized religion and people who don't, people born in the USA and immigrants, people with a disability and people without, gay and straight.

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okbruceOct. 20, 12 3:37 PM

This just in! Court rules that apples are now oranges! Apples have finally achieved equality with oranges through judicial fiat! No, wait, apples aren't oranges, and no amount of government paper or legal cases can change that fact. Marriage can only exist between a man and a woman, because sexual intercourse is the central act of marriage. Without male and female, all you have is a couple of friends who might touch each other from time to time. That is not a marriage, and everyone knows it. It is a shame that a few bullies and bigots among liberals want to try and force good people to accept something they know is not only a fantasy, but also deplorable and disgusting. Sorry folks! You can lock us up and persecute us. We'll never comply! VOTE YES.

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luxaeternaOct. 20, 12 3:45 PM

The genius of the framers of the U.S. constitution continues to shine today. "Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness" is the underpinning of our Declaration of Independence. Let us all live our lives as we think best. Vote No on this bigoted amendment to the Minnesota constitution.

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swmnguyOct. 20, 12 3:53 PM

This case illustrates exactly why the anti-gay forces are trying to amend Constitutions. Because this discrimination cannot pass any legal, Constitutional test. Our own kids can't figure out why there are still those who hate and fear homosexuals so much they would harm their families out of spite. Within 20 years any discrimination against gay families will be a shameful memory only.

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getcrazyOct. 20, 12 4:30 PM

@okbruce---"That is not a marriage, and everyone knows it. It is a shame that a few bullies and bigots among liberals want to try and force good people to accept something they know is not only a fantasy, but also deplorable and disgusting. Sorry folks! You can lock us up and persecute us. We'll never comply! "----First off there ate three Romney/Ryan campaign signs on my block. They also have "VOTE NO" signs because true conservatives and true libertarians know it's not the governments business to get into consenting adults business. As far as "Locking Us Us" goes I don't get it? Lock you up for voting? Only the conservatives want to do that to people that don't vote the same way they do or for what they believe. But none of that matters. You don't have to like gay marriage. You can feel how you want about it. Just know this. The Supreme Court of the United States of America will shut down all this discriminatory legislation because it doesn't jive with the Constitution of the United States of America. You know that thingy that gives you the right to voice your opinion and practice your religion without persecution. The idea the you are being persecuted for being discriminatory is absolutely ridiculous. I don't think that word means what you think it means.

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smdentOct. 20, 12 5:25 PM

If Minnesota voters fail to reject the Republican introduced and sponsored bill with catholic money fueling the hateful propaganda regarding the anti-marriage equality amendment November 6th, we will just look mean and stupid. Why? Ultimately, marriage equality will be law because the current laws absolutely discriminate against a minority of American citizens.

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chickfilaOct. 20, 12 5:26 PM

"This case illustrates exactly why the anti-gay forces are trying to......"_________ Paul Wellstone voted to preserve traditional marriage and he was far from anti-gay. These attacks from the left are unfair and need to stop!

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kd5757Oct. 20, 12 5:52 PM

"Sorry folks! You can lock us up and persecute us. We'll never comply! VOTE YES.".......Just curious okbruce. What are you planning on doing that will get you locked up?

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