Friday, September 5, 2014

Two More States For Gay Marriage

In Indiana & Wisconsin Thursday the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals has affirmed lower court rulings striking down gay marriage bans in those states. This is one more step closer to securing marriage equality across the country. Now once again the U.S. Supreme Court is being bombarded with amici curiae briefs filed by businesses, states, family & equality groups. The briefs agree with the States of Utah, Virginia & Oklahoma that the high court should take a case or cases. Each brief urges the court to resolve the harm & discrimination imposed by gay & lesbian marriage bans & correct this situation for businesses, states & families. It's time for the U.S. Supreme Court to do what the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court did over a decade ago & end marriage discrimination. Wisconsin U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan, a co-chair of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus stated, “Today’s decision puts Wisconsin back on track to ensuring full equality for every American. It is clear discriminatory laws that treat LGBT couples as second-class citizens will not stand in a court of law. I urge Governor Scott Walker & Attorney General J. B. Van Hollen to respect the Court’s ruling & the spirit of the U.S. Constitution. In ruling after ruling, it has become unmistakable that the promise of America is everyone should be treated equally & with dignity. Today’s ruling brings us one step closer to fulfilling that promise.” Congressman Pocan is a tireless advocate for the rights of the LGBT community & has been married to his husband Phil since 2006. Updates to Come...:)
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