Thursday, January 23, 2014

Step by Step by Step

The Forteenth Amendment to the U.S.Constitution states: All persons born or naturalized in the United States and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and the States wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the priviliges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of Life, Liberty, or Property without due process of law; nor deny to any person within it's jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws. Now.....that being said, three {3} States have used this to further advance the protections under the law for the LGBT comunity. And this is all since the start of 2014. Makes you wonder if were not in for a wild ride this year. Let's examine these States. UTAH: Dec. 20th. U.S. District Judge Robert Shelby Declared Utahs ban unconstitutional. Since then, 900 same-sex couples have married. Utah has taken this to the Supreme Court to get the 10th District to stay this decision.In response, Attorny Peggy Tomsic stated that Utah has not shown how these same-sex marriages have or will do harm others. more to follow on this issue, I'm sure. Remember...this is the state that funneled money into California during our debate on Proposition H8. OKLAHOMA: January 14th.A Federal Judge ruled that Oklahomas ban was "absured" and "irrational" U.S.District Judge Terrance Kern put a hold on the ruling pending an appeal. He stated that "Part A of the Constituion that stipulates marriage as 'one man,one woman' violates the U.S.Constitutions 14th. Ammendment of equal protection. He also states that the U.S. Supreme Court has never specifically ruled how same-sex marriages relate to the 14th. ammendment. "However the Supreme Court now prohibits States from passing laws that are born out of animosity towards Homosexuals, extends Constitutional protection to moral and sexual choicesof Homosexuals, and prohibits the Federal Government from treating same-sex and opposite-sex marriages differently." VIRGINIA: January 23rd. The State Attorny-General refuses to support gay marriage ban and will not fight for it in a court of law. "It is time for the Commonwealth to be on the right side of the law and the right side of history. I have concluded that the ban violates the 14th. Ammendment to the Constitution on two {2} grounds: marriage is a fundamental right being deprived of some Virginians, and the ban unlawfully dicriminates on the basis of both sexual orientation and gender." My friends, we are getting there step by step. Why even today January 23rd., the Federal Court system has said that the LGBT community can not be excluded from a jury on the bais of their sexual orientation. We now have 18 states that allow same-sex marriage and many others allowing unions. It only takes 3/4 of the country to ratify the Constitution...38 states to be exact. Step by step by step by...................

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