Progress is being made despite recent bans of gay marriage in some states. The banning of same-sex marriage in Missouri has been ruled to be unconstitutional today, November 7, by a Federal judge. U.S. District Court Judge Ortrie Smith, found the ban to be a violation of due process and equal protection rights under the U.S. Constitution
According to Reuters, the judge stayed the effect of his ruling pending possible appeals, a day after a U.S. appeals court in Cincinnati, Ohio, upheld bans on gay marriage in 4 other states (Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee), setting up a possible review by the U.S. Supreme Court.
This ruling follows a similar one in St. Louis on Wednesday by Circuit Judge Rex Burlison who prompted for the issuing of marriage licences effective immediately. “The Court finds and declares that any same-sex couple that satisfies all the requirements for marriage under Missouri law, other than being of different sexes, is legally entitled to a marriage license,”
What Do You Think?
With 3 steps forward and 4 stumbles back, gay marriage is a debate that has been a constant in America and around the world for the past few years. Despite the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down Defense of Marriage Act, the battle continues on all judicial levels. Do you agree with the judge’s ruling? What are your opinions on the recent bans? What do you think is in America’s future when it comes to same-sex marriage?
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