Two rulings came down today, within hours of each other, that shattered the parochial dreams of the Tea Party Evangelicals. The moans of pitiful sorrow bouncing across a bigoted echo chamber were drowned out by joyous clamoring footsteps as thousands of LGBT couples rushed to apply for marriage licenses.
Within one hour of the announcement from a federal judge in Indiana that the state marriage ban was unconstitutional county clerks began immediately issuing marriage licenses. Over 20 counties began issuing licenses, although some waited until they received an official call from the State’s Attorney General office. Some counties, such as Marion County where the capitol city resides, extended their normal working hours to 8pm in order to continue issuing licenses.
This comes on the heels of another judicial victory in the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals. A Utah ruling which declared a same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional was upheld by the Circuit Court. This is the first time a federal appeals court has recognized the sanctity of same-sex marriage and sets a stunning precedent.
Unfortunately, the issuance of marriage licenses was not to happen in Utah as it did in Indiana. Utah has a 90 day window in which to request another appeal to the highest court in the land – the Supreme Court. There is little doubt that 10th Circuit will rule any differently once an appeal lands on their desks.
Republican and Tea Party
idiot Representative Rob Bishop has this to say
Utahns have made clear their wishes on this subject and their wishes should not be superseded by a judge.
The glaringly obvious part here is that the United States was formed as a Constitutional Republic, which is actually designed the opposite of how Rep. Bishop wishes it to be. A Constitutional Republic is designed to protect the rights of the minority from the will of the majority. It has taken time but that long arduous course towards equality is slowly being set into place – although we still have a long ways to go.
The ruling from the 10th Circuit also affects the neighboring states of Colorado, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Wyoming, and Kansas. If the 10th Circuit refuses to rehear the case and it presses forward then the Supreme Cour of the United States will rule on it. If you recall this is the same Supreme Court that ruled the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) was unconstitutional at the federal level.
We can only hope that the bigoted delusional Teavangelicals are foolish enough to continue to pursue this beyond the Circuit Court of Appeals. Victory is within the grasp of those that reach for marriage equality, but a move like that by the conservatives would bring about that win so much quicker – and in one fell swoop.