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August 21, 2014

Where the Same-Sex Marriage Battle Goes From Here

“With the justices’ ruling on the Proposition 8 gay-marriage ban concerning only California, the path forward nationally on the issue remains winding,” according to the Wall Street Journal, “and may eventually lead back to the Supreme Court.”

“Even as Prop 8, known as the Perry case, was being weighed by the Supreme Court, there were eight other cases pending in federal or state courts that involved challenges to gay marriage bans. The two cases that have made the most progress through the courts are Sevcik v. Sandoval, out of Nevada, and Jackson v. Abercrombie, out of Hawaii, both of which were on pause with the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals pending Wednesday’s Supreme Court ruling.”

“A core issue in those cases is whether states that offer same-sex couples the civil equivalents of marriage in terms of rights—but not the term ‘marriage’—stand up to the equal-protection provisions in the Fourteenth Amendment of the Constitution. And unlike California’s Perry case, the Nevada case isn’t clouded by potential standing issues, because the state has agreed to defend its own laws.”

  • Lorehead

    I take back every nice thing I’ve ever said about Chris Christie: he just promised to veto marriage equality again. Whether he’s just pandering like George Wallace or not, he’s wrong.

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