Today, a federal appeals court deemed the Indiana and Wisconsin gay marriage bans unconstitutional, upholding a lower court ruling. The unanimous decision was made by three judge panel, who issued a forty page ruling on the matter.
Chief Judge Richard Young wrote in the ruling, "The discrimination against same-sex couples is irrational, and therefore unconstitutional even if the discrimination is not subjected to heightened scrutiny, which is why we can largely elide the more complex analysis found in more closely balanced equal-protection cases."
This is the third ruling from a federal appeals court on the matter of gay marriage bans.
Today’s sharp and scathing ruling demolishes the arguments and unsubstantiated claims made by opponents of the freedom to marry, repeated in the outlier decision out of Louisiana yesterday, and affirms what nearly 40 other federal and state courts have found: the denial of the freedom to marry inflicts real harms and is constitutionally indefensible. Judge Posner's authoritative opinion points the way, and the Supreme Court should move swiftly now to end marriage discrimination nationwide, without prolonging the harms and indignity that too many couples continue to endure in too much of the country."
You can read the full ruling here:
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