Skip to comments.Judge Strikes Down Pennsylvania Same-Sex Marriage Ban
Posted on 05/20/2014 11:36:28 AM PDT by GIdget2004
A federal judge Tuesday declared Pennsylvania's ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional, the fourth such ruling on a state ban in the past three weeks.
Judge John Jones III ruled in favor of 23 Pennsylvania residents who challenged the law.\
"The issue we resolve today is a divisive one. Some of our citizens are made deeply uncomfortable by the notion of same-sex marriage. However, that same sex marriage causes discomfort in some does not make its prohibition constitutional," he said.
The state's Democratic attorney general, Kathleen Kane, announced last July that she would not defend it, saying she could not ethically defend a law she considered "wholly unconstitutional." Defense of the law was carried on by the administration of the state's Republican governor, Tom Corbett.
Similar decisions in state and federal courts this month struck down bans in Arkansas, Idaho, and Oregon. Appeals courts stayed the effect of the rulings in Arkansas and Idaho. The Oregon decision is unlikely to be appealed, because the state did not defend the law.
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Such are the seeds of secession.
Someone explain to me how elections can possibly reverse our continuing slide into tyranny.
It just goes to show... Voters and the ‘citizen peasants’ are not allowed to have an opinion that differs from the ‘elites’ any more.
We might as well call America what it truly is right now. An Oligarchy heading for a feudal system.
John Edward Jones III (born June 13, 1955) is an American lawyer and jurist from the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. A Republican, Jones was appointed by President George W. Bush as federal judge on the United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania in February 2002 and was unanimously confirmed by the United States Senate on July 30, 2002. He is best known for his presiding role in the landmark Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District case, in which the teaching of intelligent design in public school science classes was ruled to be unconstitutional.
With friends like these who needs enemies?
So that whole oath thing about defending the state constitution and laws and such was just.... blather?
And she's a Democrat, not a "Democratic".
They’re not leaving us much choice...
When Anthony Kennedy wrote that the only reason such a law would ever be passed was “bigotry”, the tyrants in black robes had their marching orders.
we are not allowed to have opinions which differ from the liberals.
Where were these judges prior to citizens and legislators voting explicitly to do what the state and society had already been doing for several millenia?
By the way... all these decisions make all state licensing illegal, as all licenses discriminate in favor of those who are qualified for a thing, or want to do a certain thing, against those who aren’t qualified for a thing, or would rather do a different (and illegal) thing.
If I want to cut hair, I should be able to get a beautician’s license even if I am not qualified.
If I want to hunt rabbits with a crossbow in February, I should be able to do so with a license for hunting squirrels with black powder in March.
When will the first conservative challenge licensing in these areas?
This “judge” should be immediately removed. When a free people can no longer rely on elections and laws to live by, then it is time to take matters to the next level. It almost happened with the BLA land grab in Nevada. Maybe this is what they want.
With all these recent court reversals concerning gay marriage, it makes me want to think there is a conspiracy going on. I still believe they were able to blackmail John Roberts concerning Obaamcare.
There seems to be some sort of trend here with all these cases being decided against the American Family and for the homosexual insurgents.
To stop this trend, it will be necessary to Judge Shop, just like all the liberals do and find a judge appointed by a Republican to rule that all the current state gay marriage bans must stay in place.
“A Republican, Jones was appointed by President George W. Bush “
Its Bush’s Fault.
she could not ethically defend a law she considered “wholly unconstitutional.”....This Democrat bitch is NOW Judge, jury and Damn soon, executioner. Watch out PA. I damn near went to jail for telling a Federal Judge I didn’t believe “Hate crimes” were Constitutional and wouldn’t EVER find anybody guilty of such a travesty. They held me,In a hotel, for three days until I was told to go home and “Watch it.”
Between him and Judas Roberts, Bush sure could pick ‘em.
Exactly! Just waiting for these decisions to receive their official blessing from Justice Kennedy in probably 2015. Scalia was a prophet when he wrote his dissent to I believe the Lawrence decision.
I personally feel that the government shouldn't be marrying anyone....legal contracts is what the gov should provide. To win the marriage issue, constitutional conservatives are going to have to somehow inspire cultural change.
The focus now has to be the invasion of the US, EVerify being the law of the land, and private sector job creation for US citizens.
FWIW, I don't see how the US avoids collapse. Hopefully, it'll be into regions that are self-sufficient and able to set a better path.
You mean like the judge in this case?
“John Edward Jones III (born June 13, 1955) is an American lawyer and jurist from the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. A Republican, Jones was appointed by President George W. Bush as federal judge on the United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania in February 2002 and was unanimously confirmed by the United States Senate on July 30, 2002. He is best known for his presiding role in the landmark Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District case, in which the teaching of intelligent design in public school science classes was ruled to be unconstitutional.”
Next year, one of the cases currently winding its way through the legal process will end up in front of SCOTUS, and that’s that. Game over.
Gotta hand it to Teddy Kennedy. When he went after Bork and then Douglas Ginseberg, he knew EXACTLY what he was doing.
Modern America = Sodom and Gomorrah.
Think we will fare any better?
“Next year, one of the cases currently winding its way through the legal process will end up in front of SCOTUS, and thats that. Game over.”
Maybe the best we can hope for is for the SCOTUS to not accept any of these cases and let the lower court order stand. That way, at least there will be some of the more conservative Republican states that will still protect marriage.
The rule of law in America is dead.
And so goes the country.
The real way is to scientifically establish this is a sex fetish and thus abnormal. This will eliminate the born that way myth.
ALL these judges are drinking the born that way kookade.
When the 11th upheld the ban on homosexuals adopting children, they did state there is no scientific evidence establishing homosexuality as a born that way gene.
Arguing religion concedes the ENTIRE debate and all rationality to the homosexuals.
Yeah, it’s a possibility - kicking the can down the road, as it were - but I think one of these cases will make it in front of the next SCOTUS session. There’s so many of them that it’s almost inevitable.
Looking further ahead, I actually don’t doubt for one minute that the Millenials are overwhelmingly in favor of same-sex marriage - and when they end up running the show 20 years hence, all the laws, state constitutional amendments forbidding it, etc., will be overturned under the aegis.
Not a chance. Like with global warming, science is political. The Left is not going to let go of their victories short of fire and brimstone falling from the heavens.
May as well strike off “Virtue” from the Commonwealth flag.
There is about one of these a day. There are some marching orders somewhere. Another scandal?
These judges should be impeached.
If she can’t do her job she needs to be removed or step down.
How can just “teaching” about intelligent design be unconstitutional? Did he believe it wasn’t science? Neither is “global warming/climate change/left wing liberal lie” and they “teach” that in school.
“However, that same sex marriage causes discomfort in some does not make its prohibition constitutional.”
By Judge Jones’ logic, then bestiary and pedophilia should be constitutional too.
It’s all for 15 minutes of fame Nothing more and nothing less.
I hope the next news on the boy is, fired and disbarred!
So do laws that put Heroin Pushers in jail need to stand I”m sure they suffer discomfort! Better toss that law also, and don’t for forget those poor murderers that may be on Death Row.
We don’t care about your stinking Vote. We have a Slimey Judge!
Note the use of the word “ban,” as though upholding authentic marriage were an arbitrary, temporary matter of mere whim.
If you see posts of interest to Pennsylvanians, please ping me.
Thanks lightman for the heads up