Appeals court ruling clears way for gay marriage in the heart of Bible Belt

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David Boies, left, and Ted Olson, of the American Foundation for Equal Rights, were part of the legal team that challenged Virginia's ban on gay marriage. The duo also successfully challenged California’s Proposition 8 ballot proposal and constitutional amendment.

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David Boies, left, and Ted Olson, of the American Foundation for Equal Rights, were part of the legal team that challenged Virginia's ban on gay marriage. The duo also successfully challenged California’s Proposition 8 ballot proposal and constitutional amendment.

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(RNS) A federal appeals court panel in Virginia became the second one this summer to strike down a state ban against same-sex marriage Monday (July 28), making it more likely that the Supreme Court will settle the issue as early as next year.

  • Larry

    So the only legal arguments really being used to oppose marriage equality are based on ignoring the 14th Amendment.

    “defer to Virginia’s political choice in defining marriage as only between one man and one woman.”

    Ignoring that all discriminatory laws are passed by “political choice” and that majority voter assent does not grant the right to attack the civil liberties of minorities

    ” ‘there is no fundamental right to same-sex marriage, and there are rational reasons for not recognizing it,’””

    A complete misstatement and reversal of the burdens involved. There is a fundamental right marriage barring rational reasons NOT to recognize it.

    North Carolina is not trying to kick the case up to SCOTUS is because there is no chance of success on an 14th Amendment Equal Protection argument. Justice Kennedy is not going to overrule himself. All of these bans would be wiped out in a single decision. The nightmare for the anti-gay crowd.

    The only state crazy enough to try to appeal to SCOTUS was Utah.

  • ronald

    It doesnt really matter. Unlike the dirty liberal coasts, there are no gays here in the Bible Belt so there will not be any gay marraiges even if it is legal. And if some gay marraige does somehow occur, the locals will know how to deal with it.

  • Lles Nats

    If there was only one acceptable answer…why did we vote?

  • larry

    Why? My guess is spite and a strong desire to see people discriminated against under the color of law.

    Like everyone else who votes on laws which violate equal protection under the law.

    If there were rational and secular arguments to be made for such bans, there would have been far fewer court cases lost by the anti marriage equality crowd.

  • CarrotCakeMan

    While we can’t see your identity, this website’s employees can report your threatening comments and your ID to the police.

  • CarrotCakeMan

    You knew that your anti-gay Hate Vote would be revoked one day, Lies. What’s your problem?

  • Larry Meza

    Ronald please tell me you’re joking. You can’t be that naive.

  • ronald

    Perhaps I am niave.

    But the great Islamic leader Ahmijanadnid said there are no gays in Iran, and the Mayor of Russia said there are no gay people there. So I am in good company with world leaders and leading lights of religion.

    As for Carrot Top Man, I think you are misreading my comment. It is all in your interpertation.

  • ronald

    However Mr. Top (or can I call you Carrot) I am a fan of your comedy with all the funny inventions. I saw you perform a long time ago, before I became housebound due to my fear of athiests and gays. Are you still popular?

  • larry

    Ease up CCM. Ronald is a “Poe”. A parody troll.

  • Lles Nats

    My “hate voice”?

    This is me using my hate voice.

    This is me using my loving voice.

    This is me laughing at a aclu trained member carrotcakeman who believes he thinks “independently”.

  • Lles Nats

    Ahhh….state gov! Please save me from the real people!

  • Richard

    If everyone in the world suddenly turned gay and submitted to gay “marriage,” after a hundred years there would be no more people, right?

  • Jack

    God’s Marriage Laws:
    • No marriage will be sanctioned between people who have been divorced. (Matthew 5:32)
    • No marriage shall be sanctioned between Christians & non-Christians. (2 John 1:9-11, 2 Corinthians 6:14-17)
    • No marriage shall be sanctioned in which the wedding ceremony shall
    occur during the women’s menstrual cycle (Leviticus 18:19, 20:18, &
    Ezekiel 18:5-6)
    • No marriage shall be sanctioned of people of different races. (Deuteronomy 7:3, Numbers 25:6-8, 36:6-8, 1 Kings 11:2)
    • A married couple who have sexual intercourse during a woman’s period shall both be executed. (Leviticus 18:19)
    • No marriage shall be sanctioned involving a widow (unless it is to her
    brother-in-law). All women whose husbands have passwed away shall
    refrain from intimacy & pleasure for the remainder of their lives.
    (1 Timothy 5:5-15)
    • No marriage shall be sanctioned for any man who has had sexual thoughts of any woman other than his intended (Matthew 5:28)
    • A woman not a virgin on her wedding night must be executed. (Deuteronomy 22:13-21)
    • If a married person has sex with someone else’s husband or wife, both adulterers be stoned to death. (Deuteronomy 22:22)
    • A virgin who is raped must marry her rapist. Deuteronomy 22:28-29)
    • If a man gets into a fightwith another man and his wife seeks to
    rescue her husband by grabbing the enemy’s genitals, her hand shall be
    cut off and no pity shall be shown her. (Deuteronomy) 25:11-12)
    • A virgin who is raped must marry her rapist. (Deuteronomy 22:28-29)
    • If a man dies childless, his widow is ordered to have intercourse with
    each of his brothers in turn until she bears her deceased husband a male
    heir. (Mark 12:18-2)

    – BUT Polygamy endorsed by God:
    • Solomon … had 700 wives … and 300 concubines. (1 Kings 11:2-3)
    • Rehoboam … took 18 wives, and 60 concubines. (2 Chronicles 11:21)
    • But Abijah waxed mighty, and married 14 wives…. (2 Chronicles 13:21)

  • Michael Glass

    Oh dear. Look what happens when someone reads the Bible.

  • larry

    Sperm banks will go out of business?

  • larry

    This is the funniest bible quote dump ever!

  • Cecil

    Or they’ll be used as trendy cafes for all the homosexuals…