Saturday, May 10, 2014

Judges Negate Voters in Ark. & Indiana: Gay Agenda

The avalanche of tyrannical judicial decisions set off by last year's Supreme Court decision continues to bury more states where citizens chose to codify the definition of marriage as between only one man and one woman.  Thus, the foundation of American government as being "of the people, by the people, for the people," as stated by President Abraham Lincoln, is rapidly crumbling.

Suddenly, same-sex "marriages" commenced moments ago in Arkansas, just hours after a COUNTY judge overruled citizens of the entire state saying their votes did not advance “any conceivable legitimate state interest.”

For background, read how activist judges across America are forbidding voters the right to define marriage as between one man and one woman.

UPDATE 9/6/14: Appeals Court Goes Gay for Indiana & Wisconsin

In addition, click headlines below to read previous articles:

President Obama's Dept. of Justice OKs Illegal 'Gay Marriages,' Harms Kids

Suddenly, Judge Proclaims 'Gay Marriages' Must Commence in Michigan

Husbands & Wives Banned from California in New Law

Republican Platform OKs Abortion & 'Gay Marriage:' Nevada

-- From "Arkansas ban on gay marriage struck down by county judge, with no stay" by Paresh Dave, Los Angeles Time 5/10/14

In finding the ban unconstitutional, Pulaski County Circuit Judge Christopher Piazza cited the series of federal court rulings, including those in Utah and Virginia, that have been issued since the U.S. Supreme Court struck down portions of the federal Defense of Marriage Act. . . .

Piazza's ruling stems from a lawsuit filed by 12 same-sex couples who sought to wed in Arkansas and eight same-sex couples who had legally married in other states. They had been barred from either receiving marriage licenses or having their marriages recognized because of a 1997 law approved by lawmakers and a 2004 voter-approved amendment to the state constitution.

Piazza said the measures illegally “narrowed the definition of equality.”

“The exclusion of a minority for no rational reason is a dangerous precedent,” he wrote.

The state had argued that the Arkansas had a right to ban same-sex marriage in the name of protecting children, preserving tradition and favoring the ability to procreate.

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From "Arkansas clerk issues 1st gay marriage license" by The Associated Press 5/10/14

Carroll County Deputy Clerk Jane Osborn issued a license Saturday morning to Kristin Seaton and Jennifer Rambo of Fort Smith.

Piazza didn’t issue a stay, so local clerks can decide whether to grant licenses. Most Arkansas courthouses are closed Saturdays, but the one at Eureka Springs usually opens to issue marriage licenses.

Arkansas’ attorney general asked Piazza to temporarily delay allowing marriages pending an appeal to the state Supreme Court.

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From "Indiana asks judge to stay gay marriage ruling" by Charles D. Wilson, Associated Press 5/9/14

State attorneys also filed a formal notice of appeal following U.S. District Judge Richard Young's ruling. Indiana will ask the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals to review Young's decision, which applies just to one couple - not to others who were legally wed elsewhere and are seeking to have Indiana recognize their marriages.

Young issued a preliminary injunction Thursday extending last month's temporary restraining order forcing the state to list Amy Sandler as the spouse of Niki Quasney on a death certificate after Quasney dies of cancer.

Young did not rule on whether Indiana's gay marriage ban is unconstitutional. That ruling is expected to come later.

Attorneys for both sides expect the lawsuit and several like it throughout the country to eventually land before the U.S. Supreme Court. Rulings striking down gay-marriage bans in Michigan, Oklahoma, Utah and Virginia were already being appealed.

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From "Judge extends Indiana recognition of same-sex couple's marriage" by Jill Disis, Indianapolis Star 5/8/14

The decision comes as lawyers for several Indiana same-sex couples and the Indiana attorney general's office continue to look for a larger resolution in the case, one that could have broader implications on the future of same-sex marriage in Indiana.

The larger issue — whether Indiana will be ordered to allow same-sex couples to marry here or whether the state will have to grant recognition of gay marriages performed in other states where they are legal — has yet to be resolved.

If Young orders the state to recognize same-sex marriage in general, such an order could leave Indiana in a position similar to states such as Ohio. Last month, a federal judge ordered Ohio to recognize the marriages of same-sex couples performed in other states, though the judge did not order Ohio to perform same-sex marriages. A different judge made a similar ruling in March in Kentucky.

The Indiana attorney general's office, which is defending the state's statute recognizing marriage as between one man and one woman, wants Young to uphold Indiana law and is notifying county clerks that they still are prohibited from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

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UPDATE 6/27/14: "Status of Indiana Gay Marriages up in the Air" by Charles D. Wilson, Associated Press

A federal appeals court issued a stay Friday that put on hold a U.S. district judge's ruling that struck down Indiana's prohibition on gay marriage. But Judge Richard Young's ruling Wednesday that the ban was unconstitutional was in effect for three days, during which hundreds of gay and lesbian couples obtained marriage licenses and many were wed.

The question that's unsettled is whether Indiana has to recognize those marriages.

Jennifer Drobac, a professor at Indiana University's McKinney School of Law who specializes in sexual orientation legal issues, didn't hold out much hope to same-sex married couples in Indiana for now, but said that could eventually change.

Young's decision "reset" Indiana law, she said, but the stay changed it back again and rendered the marriage licenses issued to same-sex couples this week invalid.

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From "Arkansas judge strikes down gay marriage ban" by The Associated Press 5/9/14

At least one couple who sued over the ban said they hoped to wed quickly. Kathy Henson said she and her girlfriend Angelia Buford planned to seek a marriage license in neighboring Saline County as soon as offices opened.

State Attorney General Dustin McDaniel’s office said he would appeal the ruling, which came a week after McDaniel [a Democrat] announced he personally supports gay marriage rights but would continue to defend the constitutional ban in court.

Federal judges have ruled against marriage bans in Michigan, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia and Texas, and ordered Kentucky, Ohio and Tennessee to recognize same-sex marriages from other states.

In all, according to gay-rights groups, more than 70 lawsuits seeking marriage equality are pending in about 30 states. Democratic attorneys general in several states — including Virginia, Pennsylvania, Nevada, Oregon and Kentucky — have declined to defend same-sex marriage bans.

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Also read American Decline: Obama's Gay Agenda vs. Christians as well as America Going to Hell; Christians Lose Convictions

. . . for example, read Liberal 'Church' Sues North Carolina to Overturn God's Decree of Marriage