July 14, 2006


Court reinstates Nebraska's same-sex marriage ban (Omaha World-Herald, 7/14/06)

A federal appeals court has reversed a ruling that struck down Nebraska's same-sex marriage ban. The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals today overturned an earlier ruling by U.S. District Judge Joseph Bataillon, who ruled last year that the measure was too broad and deprived gays and lesbians of participation in the political process, among other things.

Or Tennessee, Voters to decide gay marriage ban (Knoxville News Sentinel, July 14, 2006)

Voters will be allowed to decide in November whether they want a constitutional ban on gay marriage in Tennessee, the state Supreme Court said in a unanimous decision filed Friday.

Had a legal challenge been successful, a public vote on the proposed amendment to the Tennessee Constitution would have been delayed by at least two years, the court said in a press release.

Writing on behalf of the court, Chief Justice William M. Barker rejected a legal claim by the American Civil Liberties Union, three state legislators and others that would have prevented the amendment from being placed on the ballot.

"Wishing to decide this constitutional matter, as we should, on the narrowest grounds possible, we affirm the ... decision dismissing the complaint because the Plaintiffs have failed to establish that they have standing to bring this lawsuit," Barker wrote.

Dang voters...

Posted by Orrin Judd at July 14, 2006 1:15 PM
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