Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Two more marriage equality bans (Idaho, Nevada) bites the dust

The day after a SCOTUS decision destroyed the marriage equality ban in five states, two more states follow today:

A federal appeals court has struck down gay marriage bans in Idaho and Nevada.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco made the ruling Tuesday. It did not decide on a similar case in Hawaii, which legalized gay marriage in December.

State and federal court judges have been striking down bans at a rapid rate since a landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling last year. The 9th Circuit ruling comes a day after the Supreme Court effectively legalized gay marriage in 11 more states, for a total of 30, when it rejected a set of appeals.

The appeals court ruled that gay couples' equal protection rights were violated by the bans. Judge Stephen Reinhardt said during oral arguments in September that he expects the Supreme Court ultimately will decide whether gay marriage bans are constitutional.

If this keeps up, I'm going to get dizzy.

1 comment:

Spencer Hamilton Blog said...

I hear the panel was one of the best we could have had.

Wasn't Reinhardt on that one too? His opinion in Perry v. Brown was no legal slouch