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27 February 2014 - Federal judge rejects Texas' ban on gay marriage

Publié par Clifford Armion le 27/02/2014


Ruling against Texas' gay marriage ban may set up Supreme Court fight

Molly Hennessy-Fiske (The Los Angeles Times)
When Faber College was about to expel the misfit Deltas of "Animal House," the rambunctious character Bluto Blutarski rallied them, but it was writer Harold Ramis who provided Bluto's stirring words:
"What? Over? Did you say over? Nothing is over until we decide it is! Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor? Hell, no! It ain't over now, because when the going gets tough, the tough get going. Who's with me? Let's go! Come on!"
For a few comic beats, the downcast frat boys react with utter silence — exquisite moments that made one of Ramis' funniest scenes even funnier.
Ramis, a grocer's son who decided he wasn't brave enough to be a professional comic but would be fine "lobbing in great lines here and there," died Monday at his Chicago-area home of autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis, a rare disease that involves swelling of the blood vessels, his wife, Erica Mann Ramis, said.
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British point of view

US judge declares Texas gay marriage ban unconstitutional
Staff writer (BBC)
A US judge has ruled Texas' ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional, the latest in a series of decisions overturning such state laws.
Judge Orlando Garcia ruled in favour of two gay couples who challenged the ban, but will allow the state to continue enforcing it pending an appeal.
Analysts say the ruling makes it increasingly likely the legality of such bans will reach the Supreme Court.
Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott vowed to appeal against the decision.
"This is an issue on which there are good, well-meaning people on both sides," Mr Abbott, who is a Republican candidate for governor, said in a statement.
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Texan press

Judge Rules Texas' Gay Marriage Ban is Unconstitutional
Edgar Walters (The Texas Tribune)
Gov. Perry, meanwhile, issued the following statement: "Texans spoke loud and clear by overwhelmingly voting to define marriage as a union between a man and a woman in our Constitution, and it is not the role of the federal government to overturn the will of our citizens," adding that "the 10th Amendment guarantees Texas voters the freedom to make these decisions."
The case, heard in San Antonio federal court, challenged the legitimacy of Texas’ constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. It is one of several cases being heard in courts statewide, a venue in which gay rights activists say their odds of winning legal protections are far better than in the conservative state Legislature.
The San Antonio suit, which was was brought by two couples, sought to overturn Texas’ constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. Plaintiffs Nicole Dimetman and Cleopatra De Leon, who were married in Massachusetts in 2009, argued that the state's gay marriage ban had caused them undue hardship that other married couples do not face. For example, the couple have one child together, but because Texas does not recognize their union, only one parent's name was allowed on the birth certificate.
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Some context

Texas Voters Approve Ban on Gay Marriage
David Crary (The Washington Post)
Voters in Texas and Maine rendered a split verdict Tuesday on gay rights, while partial victory was the best California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger could hope for in his power struggle with public-employee unions and Democratic legislators.
Texas voters overwhelmingly approved a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, making their state the 19th to take that step. In Maine, however, voters rejected a conservative-backed proposal to repeal the state's new gay-rights law.
In California, voters rejected two measures promoted by the hard-campaigning Schwarzenegger. The proposals would have capped state spending and stripped lawmakers of their redistricting powers.
A third Schwarzenegger-backed measure was trailing with about 45 percent of precincts reporting; it would make teachers work five years instead of two to pass probation. The only one of the governor's four proposals with a lead _ by a slim margin _ would require public-employee unions to get members' permission before their dues could be used for political purposes.
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