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Edge Boston reports:
U.S. District Judge John Jones on Tuesday rejected the state’s argument that his court lacks the power to hear the case, and suggested that the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals would agree with him. Jones says there’ve been “substantial and far-reaching” developments in how courts treat equal protection and due process rights since the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1972 decision that it lacked the jurisdiction to decide whether a Minnesota law banning same-sex marriages violated the Constitution.
Good for him for rejecting this transparent attempt to nix the lawsuit. The case will get its day in court on June 9.
Perhaps trying to burnish his anti-gay image, Governor Tom Corbett came out today in favor of some protections for LGBT citizens in the state.
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett, who so far had been no friend to the gay community, has backed a bill that would protect LGBT residents from discrimination in housing, employment, and public accommodations. Corbett, who has previously staked out conservative positions on social issues, told The Inquirer that he was “coming out in support” of the bill after learning that federal law does not cover discrimination in the state.
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The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports:
Same-sex couples received nearly 1 in 3 marriage licenses issued in Minnesota since they were allowed to wed, The Associated Press found in a statewide survey of the first month’s impact of the new gay marriage law. Since Minnesota became the 12th U.S. state to legalize gay marriage, at least 1,640 same-sex couples applied to be married. Counties aren’t required to report such data to the state, so the AP built a database through calls to all 87 counties.
…”This is the product of people who were living in the legal wilderness for so long, suddenly no longer being told their relationships are substandard,” said Sen. Scott Dibble, DFL-Minneapolis and a sponsor of the bill passed by the Legislature and signed by Gov. Mark Dayton in May. “There’s an excitement out there right now. I’ve been going to so many weddings lately, it’s like I’m two years out of college again.”
There’s so much pent up desire in the states where people have waited for so long to have the right to marry. It’s inspiring to see it.
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Dear Abby took a marriage equality question this week. From the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
DEAR ABBY: …We are going to be married and have decided to invite only those who sincerely support us to share our special day. Because I’m so hurt by their silence on this, how do I tactfully let them know they aren’t invited to the wedding without severing all ties? I’m sure we aren’t the only couple facing this new issue. — Newly Equal in Minnesota
DEAR NEWLY EQUAL: Invite your family to the wedding. Because they love you and have accepted your partner, they may wish to attend. Remember, the concept of marriage equality is a very new one and not everyone adapts quickly to change. Regardless of whether they have a problem calling you married, the fact is you will be married according to the laws of your state. And that’s what is important.
See the full question at the link above. Go, Abby, go!
And over in Minnesota, same sex couples started marrying at midnight. TwinCities.com reports:
Standing four miles from where Gov. Mark Dayton in May signed gay-marriage into law, Reid Bordson and Paul Nolle were pronounced “legally married” at quarter past twelve Thursday. The Bloomington couple helped usher same-sex marriage into Minnesota with a midnight wedding at St. Paul’s Como Park Conservatory, with friends and family gathered among the fragrant lilies in the Sunken Garden. “To know we got married and were kind of the official first wedding in the capital city, where all this political action happened, it’s insane. It’s insane. It is just super fun to know that we’re part of history, and we’re really hoping that we represented the hundreds of other people who are getting married tonight and during the day tomorrow,” said Bordson after the service.
Congratulations to the happy couples in Minnesota, too!
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