BREAKING NEWS: Gay Marriage Bans Fall in Utah and Indiana
Bans on Same Sex Marriage failed both the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals for Utah and a Federal Judge in Indiana! The 10th Circuit Court put an immediate stay in effect pending appeal, however the Federal Judge in Indiana did not, allowing LGBT couples to immediately begin marrying in that state!
10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver:
A federal appeals court ruled Wednesday that states must allow gay couples to marry, finding the Constitution protects same-sex relationships and putting a remarkable legal winning streak across the country one step closer to the U.S. Supreme Court.
The three-judge panel in Denver ruled 2-1 that states cannot deprive people of the fundamental right to marry simply because they want to be wedded to someone of the same sex.
The judges added they don’t want to brand as intolerant those who oppose gay marriage, but said there is no reasonable objection to the practice.
“It is wholly illogical to believe that state recognition of love and commitment of same-sex couples will alter the most intimate and personal decisions of opposite-sex couples,” they wrote, addressing arguments that the ruling could undermine traditional marriage.
The decision by the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel upheld a lower court ruling that struck down Utah’s gay marriage ban. However, the panel immediately put Wednesday’s ruling on hold so it could be appealed, either to the entire 10th Circuit or directly to the nation’s highest court.
A federal district judge struck down Indiana’s ban on same-sex marriage Wednesday, saying the law violates the equal protection clause of the Constitution.
Judge Richard Young did not issue a stay on his ruling, so couples can start marrying immediately. Marion County Clerk Beth White in the state’s capital city said she is prepared to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples in her office downtown.