I mention this because Pam Bondi’s response to a lawsuit challenging Florida’s anti-equality laws doesn’t really raise any new arguments or give us anything we haven’t heard over and over (and over and over and over) again. She just wants the case thrown out.
She feels that if two men or two women marry each other in another state and Florida is forced to recognize those marriages it will “impose significant public harm” She raises the tired “Won’t someone please think of the children?” argument claiming that society “has a legitimate interest in increasing the likelihood that children will be born to and raised by the mothers and fathers who produced them in stable and enduring family units” Bondi is on her third marriage currently, so she knows all about those. She also claims that Florida will suffer financially if it is forced to pay all these pensions and benefits people have been working for.
The same lawyer that brought us the legal challenge to South Dakota’s laws banning marriage equality has announced that there are plans to file a lawsuit challenging North Dakota’s laws. Attorney Joshua Newville has said that a case will be brought to overturn the bans within six to eight weeks.
They’re both rectangularish states in the northern part of the country. They both have Dakota in their name. And now, thanks to four plaintiff couples that are either unmarried or married in other locations and the Montana ACLU, they’re the only two states with gay marriage bans that aren’t being challenged by a lawsuit. The federal suit was filed in U.S. District Court in Great Falls, Montana today. We would like to extend a special thanks to one of the couples, Ben Milano and Chase Weinhandl of Bozeman, Montana, for completely destroying our research intern’s productivity, as he’s been drooling over that picture of them looking scrumptious in the woods for the last 45 minutes.
On Monday, U.S. District Court judge Dale Kimball ruled that Utah must recognize almost 1,300 marriage licenses that it issued to same-sex couples during the brief window when same-sex marriage was legal in Utah. A 21 day stay of the ruling is in place while the state decides if it wants to appeal the decision.
After a case where the defendants became plaintiffs and everybody kept telling NOM that they really weren’t interested in hearing what they had to say, Judge Michael McShane declared Oregon’s bans on same-sex marriage unconstitutional today. Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum declined to appeal the case, so Oregon is now the 18th state with marriage equality. Pastors were on hand at the courthouse so couples could get married as soon as the order was issued.
Gildas Dousset, a Florida Atlantic University student, filed an appeal in Florida’s Fourth District Court of Appeals on Wednesday. He married his husband in Massachusetts in 2013, and when he applied for in-state tuition, he was told that the school was prohibited from recognizing his marriage, and that he would have to pay out-of-state tuition rates. With FAU’s current tuition, 120 credit hours will cost $62,226 more for an out-of-state student.
Not because I forgot about you guys when I was doing the news update this week. I’m apologizing because you had to listen to the dumbest argument against same-sex marriage anyone has offered up to date.
Meet David Oakley. He’s the lawyer representing the county clerk who refused to issue a marriage license to the plaintiffs in the Bostic v. Schaefer case which is currently before the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals. Last time Virginia tried to keep two consenting adults from marrying each other in the case of Loving v. Virginia, miscegenation laws ended up getting struck down for everybody. Surely he has a good reason for why those miscegenation laws were unconstitutional, but laws prohibiting same-sex marriage aren’t, yes?
“Before Virginia passed those affirmative anti-miscegenation laws, it might not have been the social norm, but people certainly could have married, and indeed did marry, across racial lines. Pocahontas married John Rolfe in the early 1600s and their marriage wasn’t declared unconstitutional.”
Whoever payed remote attention during U.S. history class and can tell me what’s wrong with that argument first wins a kiss or something.
After telling NOM that you really do need an actual person from Oregon and not someone who was allegedly quivering in fear of the awesomeness that is Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum and her host of county clerks armed with ::screams:: forms for same-sex couples to get a marriage license, Judge Michael McShane has announced that he will issue his ruling on Monday, May 19 at noon.
After moving the deadline for lawyers for the plaintiffs to respond to the Attorney General’s motion to stay Judge Chris Piazza’s ruling up to today at 2pm, the Arkansas Supreme Court has decided to stay the ruling pending appeal.
Over 540 couples have obtained marriage licenses in Arkansas over the past week. The Human Rights Campaign has asked that the Justice Department extend federal recognition to the married couples.
Unless an appellate court grants a stay in the ruling, Idaho’s marriage ban has been struck down, and couples will be able to get married on Friday, May 16. U.S. Magistrate Judge Candy Dale ruled that Idaho’s constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage was unconstitutional. Idaho Governor Butch Otter, who seriously has the BEST name of any politician out there, filed a contingent motion to stay pending appeal before Dale even issued her ruling. Responses to the motion from the lawyers for the plaintiffs are due by June 5.