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  •  Pending appeal and a higher court ruling n/t (5+ / 0-)

    One should no more deplore homosexuality than left-handedness. ~Towards a Quaker View of Sex, 1964 (Proud left-handed queer here!) SSP: wmlawman

    by AUBoy2007 on Wed Feb 26, 2014 at 11:58:43 AM PST

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    •  Perhaps when the Supreme Court rules definitively (1+ / 0-)
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      and finally makes marriage equality the law of the land, the losers will request a stay pending an appeal to the Almighty.

    •  Why? (0+ / 0-)

      I guess I don't understand why the judge would stay his own ruling. If it is unconstitutional, then people's right are being affected by his stay.

      Either everyone is equal under the law or they aren't - I don't see why he would issue a stay.

      Republicans who fear the US turning into Greece want to implement austerity measures... like Greece.

      by feloneouscat on Wed Feb 26, 2014 at 03:05:27 PM PST

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      •  Because the Supreme Court reached out (2+ / 0-)
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        and stayed the Utah ruling.  So it's pretty clear that's going to be the end result.  And since there's a lot of confusion in Utah regarding those couples who were married in the interim, judges are trying to avoid that.  So they stay their decisions.

        One should no more deplore homosexuality than left-handedness. ~Towards a Quaker View of Sex, 1964 (Proud left-handed queer here!) SSP: wmlawman

        by AUBoy2007 on Wed Feb 26, 2014 at 03:30:28 PM PST

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        •  Anticipating what SCOTUS would do? (0+ / 0-)

          Seems kind of a weird thing to do. Frankly, I don't see what the confusion is. Either you're saying that a group of people are second-class citizens or you're not.

          I think SCOTUS needs to deal with real, human hardship. In Utah, in Texas, and all other states that have these inhumane laws.

          I see nothing valuable, nothing helpful in making things easier for SCOTUS to rule that being heterosexual gives you all rights, but homosexual gives you a subset.

          Frankly, I think it would push SCOTUS in the right direction if the same "confusion" occurred in Texas and in 30 odd other states.

          When there are no faces, it's easier to take rights away.

          Republicans who fear the US turning into Greece want to implement austerity measures... like Greece.

          by feloneouscat on Wed Feb 26, 2014 at 03:43:16 PM PST

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          •  this decision - like ones in UT & VA - (2+ / 0-)
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            is being appealed - there is another court between the trial court and the Supreme Court - that's the Court of Appeals. No Court of Appeals has heard a marriage equality case since the Supreme Court struck down DOMA.

            If Appeals Courts also strike down the anti-marriage laws will they stay the effect of their decisions for Supreme Court review? Probably. But we don't know that yet. After all, not one trial judge has shot down marriage equality since Kennedy's Windsor decision so what's going to Appeals Courts is starting to look like a legal consensus. I can't quite believe it myself - but here's hoping!

          •  Do we really want SCOTUS to stay each (0+ / 0-)

            and every one of these rulings separately?  All that would do is serve to piss off the justices.  It's not like they can rule on the substance until they get a case.  So you're creating a mess for no reason.

            SCOTUS is going to do what it is going to do.  There's no reason to make things more complicated for individuals on the ground in each of these states.

            One should no more deplore homosexuality than left-handedness. ~Towards a Quaker View of Sex, 1964 (Proud left-handed queer here!) SSP: wmlawman

            by AUBoy2007 on Wed Feb 26, 2014 at 06:03:09 PM PST

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