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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Courts - " From a diverse group of judges, a unanimous opinion on same-sex marriage"

A lengthy Washington Post story today by Robert Barnes begins:

The headlines are so consistent, they could be written by a computer: “Judge strikes down state ban on gay marriage.”

But the federal judges who have supplied an unbroken wave of victories across the country to supporters of same-sex marriage are more diverse than their rulings would suggest: white and black, gay and straight, nominated by Democrats (most of them) and chosen by Republicans (a few of them).

In Michigan, the message was delivered by a judge who took the bench while Ronald Reagan was president. In Utah, it came from someone who had barely celebrated his first anniversary as a judge.

What they share is a judicial view that would have been unthinkable a generation ago: The Constitution requires that the fundamental right to marry be extended to gay couples.

See also the map, "The changing landscape on same-sex marriage."

Posted by Marcia Oddi on May 27, 2014 09:07 AM
Posted to Courts in general