Friday, November 7, 2014

What, You Thought It Would Be Easy?

Just as well.  If the antediluvian Sixth Circuit had upheld gay marriage, thousands of people in Kentucky would have dropped dead from shock, including yours truly.

Andrew Wolfson at the Courier:

Likely propelling gay marriage back to the U.S. Supreme Court, a federal appeals court Thursday upheld bans on same-sex marriage in Kentucky and three other states.

In a 2-1 ruling, a panel of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals became the first federal appeals court to rule against gay marriage.

Two appointees of President George W. Bush wrote for the majority that the legality of gay marriage in Kentucky, Ohio, Michigan and Tennessee should be decided by voters, not the courts.

Writing for the majority, Judge Jeffrey Sutton said that while gay marriage may be inevitable nationwide, none of the plaintiffs' arguments for it "makes the case … for removing the issue from the place it has been since the founding: in the hands of state voters."
Those would be the same voters who just sent Mitch McConnell back to the Senate and five of the most backward repugs in the country back to the House.  Yeah, I'm not holding my breath.

Meanwhile, PROTEST:
WHEN: Noon Friday, Nov. 7
WHERE: Jefferson Square, 6th & Jefferson Streets, Louisville, 40202
We believe "Love Will Win" in Kentucky, but not today, as the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled against LGBT "Freedom to Marry" lawsuits in Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee, and Michigan. Their ruling today makes it far more likely the U.S. Supreme Court will soon take up the issue of LGBT marriage equality.

Join the Fairness Campaign, ACLU of KYFauver Law Office, PLLCClay Daniel Walton & Adams PLC, and plaintiff couples in Bourke v. Beshear and Love v. Beshear to protest their decision Noon Friday at Jefferson Square in Downtown Louisville.

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