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Federal Judge Invalidates Missouri Marriage Equality Ban; Decision on Hold

Saturday, November 8th, 2014

Missouri mapA federal judge struck down Missouri’s ban on marriage equality yesterday.

Think Progress reports:

District Judge Ortrie D. Smith, a Clinton appointee, dismissed the state’s argument that the ban promotes “consistency, uniformity, and predictability” as circular. “The State essentially argues,” he wrote, that “the restriction satisfies governmental interests because it creates a rule that can be applied by the recorders of deeds and others — but then, all restrictions create rules, so by the State’s logic any restriction is automatically constitutional simply because it creates rules that can be followed.” He concluded that there was “no real reason” for Missouri to ban same-sex marriage, because none of its interests were served by doing so.

This follows an earlier decision this week at the state level opening up marriage equality in St. Louis.

Missouri Atty. Gen. Chris Koster announced he would appeal the ruling.

Towleroad reports:

“The United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri today ruled that Missouri’s ban against same-sex marriage violates the equal protection and due process guarantees of the United States Constitution. We will appeal the ruling to the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals.” Earlier this week, Koster appealed a separate ruling striking down the state’s ban which applied only to St. Louis.

The ruling was stayed pending appeal, so we won’t see marriages all across Missouri just yet.

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UK, Northern Ireland: Ruling Party Once Again Blocks Debate on Marriage Equality

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

Northern Ireland - google maps

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Northern Ireland is falling farther and farther behind the times as its ruling party, the Democratic Unionist Party, once again has blocked even the debate of the marriage equality bill.

Pink News reports:

The DUP has once again tabled a petition of concern, using Assembly rules to effectively ban cross-party discussion of the measure. It will frustrate Sinn Fein, the Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP), the Alliance Party, NI21 and the Greens, who all support equal marriage. The DUP has continually resisted supporting LGBT equality across the board. First Minister Peter Robinson and Health Minister Edwin Poots have refused to lift Northern Ireland’s lifetime ban on gay and bisexual men giving blood.

Northern Ireland is now the only part of the United Kingdom that is not approved marriage equality. This seems blatantly unfair – does anyone know the process in the UK for bringing a lawsuit to force the issue?

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