Tuesday, May 20, 2014

PA, OR get decisions overturning gay marriage bans

A federal judge has struck down Pennsylvania's gay marriage ban, with New York Times story here  "We are a better people than our laws represent", he said.  Scribd has a PDF of the opinion here. This makes gay marriage legal in all northeastern states.  Jones did not issue a stay.  Marriage license applications could begin immediately, but require a 72 hour wait.

In 2004, PA Senator Rick Santorum had tried to propose a federal constitutional amendment defining marriage as between a man and a woman, on CSPAN, while Feinstein complained that no work had been done on a terrorism bill.

In Oregon, a federal district judge overturned a ban on Monday, but there is concern that the National Organization for Marriage can try to force an appeal, link.

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