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Friday, February 28, 2014

Courts - Flurry of federal court same-sex marriage opinions continues

From a story today by Richard Wolf in USA Today (included in today's Star), a few quotes [ILB emphasis]:

WASHINGTON -- Some of the nation's most conservative states are propelling the same-sex marriage juggernaut back toward the Supreme Court.

Judges in Texas and Kentucky this week added their endorsements to those voiced in the last three months by colleagues in New Mexico, Utah, Oklahoma, Ohio and Virginia.

No state or federal judge has opposed gay marriage since the Supreme Court in June allowed gay men and lesbians to marry in California and struck down the Defense of Marriage Act's ban on federal benefits to legally married same-sex couples.

In addition, attorneys general in Pennsylvania, Virginia, Nevada and Oregon have quit defending their states' bans — a stance that U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder took last year and this week endorsed for his state colleagues.

And the trend shows no signs of abating. State and federal district court cases could be decided soon in Arkansas, Idaho, Michigan, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and West Virginia. Appeals are pending in Virginia, Nevada, Ohio, Oklahoma and Utah. In all, nearly 50 cases are pending in 26 states.

ILB: No federal lawsuit has been filed in Indiana, yet. Could that be changing?

Posted by Marcia Oddi on February 28, 2014 10:20 AM
Posted to Courts in general