Friday, November 05, 2004

Here come da judge!

On November 2nd, citizens in 11 states voted to keep the definition of marriage limited to one woman and one man. Already the first lawsuit challenging the outcome has been filed.

Two lesbian couples filed a federal lawsuit that challenges a new state constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage as well as a related federal law.

Oklahoma was one of 11 states that approved constitutional bans on gay marriage Tuesday.

The federal lawsuit filed Wednesday says the state ban violates the equal protection and due process rights of the plaintiffs by not allowing them to marry and by not recognizing civil unions performed elsewhere.

The lawsuit also challenges the federal Defense of Marriage Act, which permits states to ignore gay weddings performed in other states.

Well, that didn't take long.

John Kerry and so many others have said that this issue should be decided by the states. President Bush, fearing that activist judges could overturn the states' decisions, proposed a federal marriage amendment instead.

And now we'll see how this plays out.

(Five'll get you ten that President Bush will be proven right.)


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