State of the Debate

Marriage equality: As goes Utah, so goes Indiana ...

First Published      Last Updated Aug 07 2014 01:55 pm

... And Missouri. And Colorado ...

10th Circuit ruling just sees the world as it is — Salt Lake Tribune Editorial

"Those who disagree with the rulings of federal judges — such as Wednesday's 10th Circuit Court of Appeals decision upholding the right of same-sex couples to marry in Utah — are often heard to describe their views as opposition to "judicial activism."

"Even the dissenting judge in the 2-1 ruling that struck down — again — Utah's Amendment 3 decried his colleagues' action as judges setting themselves up as "philosopher kings" and imposing their will in an undemocratic manner.

"But both common sense and a careful reading of the majority opinion from the 10th Circuit panel make it clear that, on the issue of marriage equality, the courts are not striking out into an undiscovered country. They are taking an honest look at the world as it exists and trying to make our understanding of our basic law compatible with the huge shift that the culture has already made. ..."

10th Circuit Court: Utah's same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional — Jessica Miller | The Salt Lake Tribune

10th Circuit ruling on same sex marriage — The Salt Lake Tribune/Scribd

Judiciary should not invalidate state laws — Deseret News Editorial

" ... We support the reasoning of Judge Paul Kelly, who dissented from the majority opinion. Both the majority and the dissenting opinions thoughtfully consider the question of whether there is a right to same-sex marriage. Yet Kelly, who argues, "we should be reluctant to invalidate state constitutional or legislative enactments," is more persuasive. ..."

A great day in Indiana after same-sex marriage ruling

Matthew Tully | The Indianapolis Star

"It would have seemed far-fetched not so long ago. But by the time the news broke today that U.S. District Judge Richard Young had struck down Indiana's prohibition on same-sex marriage, it hardly came as a surprise. Public opinion and recent court rulings had been guiding Indiana in this direction, clearly and methodically, for quite some time. ..."

Let's show respect for all Hoosiers on marriage — Tim Swarens | The Indianapolis Star

" ... Many Hoosiers are celebrating that fact, and the tide of history is on their side.

"Yet many other Hoosiers are struggling to understand and accept the rapid changes sweeping across the state and the nation on this issue. ..."

Marriage milestone — Fort Wayne (Ind.) Journal Gazette Editorial

"Judge Richard L. Young's opinion Wednesday was rendered in clear, strong words that left no room for ambiguity.

"Indiana's anti-gay-marriage law is unconstitutional. ...

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