Thursday, September 4, 2014

Same Sex Marriage Ban Ruled Unconstitutional in Indiana, Wisconsin

As was widely expected after hearing the argument and what transpired in the courtroom, a three-judge panel of 7th District Circuit Court judges ruled that Indiana and Wisconsin's same-sex marriage bans are unconstitutional.

It's likely that this is not the last you'll hear of the issue.  Most people expect the Supreme Court of the United States to take up the issue in its upcoming fall session.

While SCOTUS ruled that the United States would recognize same-sex marriages in the landmark Windsor Case last year, I'm told that the current cases percolating through the courts at the state level have different aspects of law involved and may entice the highest court in the land to look at the issue once again.  Windsor stopped short of telling states what they could and could not do.  The cases have advanced past that.

Congratulations to my personal friends Karen Celestino-Horseman and Bill Groth who were both lawyers on the case.  My biggest congratulations to all my fellow Hoosiers who can now marry as well as those plaintiffs that pushed the case this far.

Hopefully, we're just a ruling or two from the finish line.

UPDATE:
If Indiana appeals the decision to the SCOTUS, the 7th Circuit is likely to reinstate the stay on same sex marriages...that according to Bill Groth tonight.  Let's hope AG Zoeller sees the writing on the wall and decides to find a new right wing issue to push.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hm... Why can't Zoeller just resign like every other statewide Republican officeholder?!