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Thursday, January 16, 2014

Courts - "Gay marriage rulings in Oklahoma, Utah build momentum"

A new long AP story by Sean Murphy and Brady McCombs begins:

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- In less than a month, two federal judges have struck down state bans on gay marriage for the same reason, concluding that they violate the Constitution's promise of equal treatment under the law.

Although that idea has been the heart of the gay marriage debate for years, the decisions in deeply conservative Oklahoma and Utah offer new momentum for litigants pressing the same argument in dozens of other cases across the country. And experts say the rulings could represent an emerging legal consensus that will carry the issue back to the Supreme Court. * * *

Litigants in more than three dozen cases are challenging gay marriage bans in 20 separate states.

ILB: However, no challenges have been filed in Indiana.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on January 16, 2014 01:45 PM
Posted to Courts in general