|Anti-gay NC pastor Patrick Wooden knows what he can do with his cell phone now.|
While it certainly not the practice of this blog to gloat, the news out of North Carolina is just too good not to. The picture above is Pastor Patrick Wooden of Upper Room Church of God in Christ in Raleigh, NC and other celebrating the night in 2012 that Amendment One which banned marriage equality in NC passed.
During the fight, Wooden gained extreme notoriety by claiming, during the campaign, that gays engage in so much anal sex that they have to wear diapers and also they use instruments such as cell phones as sexual aides.
Well as of today, Wooden has been told by a federal judge where he can stick HIS cell phone.
According to WTVD in NC:
Federal U.S. District Court Judge Max O. Cogburn Jr. has overturned North Carolina's ban on same-sex marriage in a case filed by members of the clergy seeking to marry gay couples.
The case is separate from the one being overseen by Chief U.S. District Court Judge William Osteen Jr. in Greensboro. Osteen put off a ruling in that case until Monday.
The amendment to the state constitution banning gay marriage was overwhelmingly approved by voters in 2012.
The U.S. Supreme Court announced Monday it would not hear appeals of decisions striking down similar marriage prohibitions in other states. In July, the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals struck down Virginia's gay marriage ban. The appeals court in Richmond has jurisdiction over North Carolina, and judges here are required to follow its ruling.
Friday's ruling came despite attempts by North Carolina's Republican leadership in the General Assembly to intervene in both cases.
. . . The ruling was met with celebration among scores of same-sex couples who had spent hours lined up at county courthouses across the state, awaiting a ruling allowing them to marry.
Buncombe County Register of Deeds Drew Reisinger kept his Asheville office open late to begin issuing marriage licenses to waiting couples.
The Wake County Register of Deeds Office said it would stay open until 9 p.m. Friday to issue marriage licenses.The first marriage took place right at 6 p.m. and was carried live by local TV stations.