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The first gay couple to be married in Utah, Michael Ferguson (2nd R) and his husband Seth Anderson (R), kiss as Blake Ferguson (L) and his girlfriend Danielle Morgan watch after the pair married at the Salt Lake County Clerks office in Salt Lake City, Uta
Coming soon to Wyoming?
A statewide campaign for marriage equality kicked off in Wyoming Monday. Yes, Wyoming—don't you wish Liz Cheney was still in the state's Senate race so that we could all make popcorn and get another look at how this fight is playing out in the Cheney family? Four couples and the National Center for Lesbian Rights have filed a lawsuit challenging the state's marriage ban—and we all know how such lawsuits have been working out since the Supreme Court struck down part of the Defense of Marriage Act. In fact, Wyoming won't be the first or even the second case heard in the federal circuit court that covers the state:
In addition to the recently filed state-based lawsuit, oral arguments are set for April 10 in a federal case challenging Utah’s marriage ban. The case is on appeal after a federal judge struck down the ban and recently, several prominent Republicans – including former Wyoming U.S. Senator Alan Simpson – urged the U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals to uphold the lower court's ruling.

A second appeal will be heard April 17 in the 10th Circuit on a similar case from Oklahoma where a federal judge ruled the state’s marriage ban violated the U.S. Constitution. The 10th Circuit covers six states, including Wyoming.

While, as of last summer, a majority of Wyoming voters opposed marriage equality, a majority supported civil unions; this is also an issue on which public opinion is shifting year to year. In any case, it's also an issue where the courts may just have to force some states to catch up with the times.

Originally posted to Laura Clawson on Tue Mar 18, 2014 at 08:09 AM PDT.

Also republished by Kossacks for Marriage Equality, LGBT Rights are Human Rights, and Daily Kos.

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  •  Colorado's Governor Hickenlooper said March 4 (11+ / 0-)

    that he supports gay marriage personally, but he's not a lawyer so will not challenge the Republican Attorney General of the state who now is defending the state's Constitutional ban on Same Sex Marriage in a recently filed lawsuit.  Hick is up for re-election this fall so he's being very quiet on this issue.  He should be proud on it - he's not going to get conservative Republican votes anyway, what with the crew of climate change denying bigots running against him.  He should be a loud and proud Democrat, touting accomplishments like the Colorado exchange, which has enrolled tens of thousands of Coloradans (at least), responsible gun legislation to try and head of situations like Aurora and Columbine in the future, the improving Colorado economy, etc.

    •  Your prescription for Hickenlooper's campaign (8+ / 0-)

      is how every Democrat should campaigning this year.  The subject under debate may vary, but not the strategy of defending the Democratic position.  For years Republicans have employed the strategy of taking their positions directly to their political opponents and shoving it down their throats, even when the Republican positions are wrong.  Everyone loves a fighter, and confrontation is contagious.

      "In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican." - H. L. Mencken

      by SueDe on Tue Mar 18, 2014 at 09:11:58 AM PDT

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    •  Hick is not as much of a hick as some people (5+ / 0-)
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      think. He's walking a fine line in Colorado, and I think he's doing a pretty good job of it.

      Pope Francis: the Thumb of Christ in the eyes of the Pharisees.

      by commonmass on Tue Mar 18, 2014 at 09:17:03 AM PDT

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    •  Hick has never been a (4+ / 0-)
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      "loud and proud Democrat."  He's always been adamantly MOR.  

      Would be nice if he started . . . but it ain't gonna happen.

      In all fairness, though, Colorado ain't so blue that the right Republican couldn't beat him.  The majority of Coloradoans are small-l libertarians first, and only secondarily interested in either of the parties.  Fortunately for us, the Republicans have recently been doing a fabulous job of vomiting forth whack jobs.

      Dogs from the street can have all the desirable qualities that one could want from pet dogs. Most adopted stray dogs are usually humble and exceptionally faithful to their owners as if they are grateful for this kindness. -- H.M. Bhumibol Adulyadej

      by corvo on Tue Mar 18, 2014 at 09:17:35 AM PDT

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    •  True. But, you really should remember that (5+ / 0-)

      Horse-Turd-Junction, and the area surrounding it - Horse's A-Hole County, just 60 some miles South of Denver - are still the home of the people who threw the State Constitutional slime-ball, known as "Amendment 2".  It is also the home of the "F-Up the Family" Dobsonite Cult, and the little Teabaghead/Republican Congress Critter who doesn't even have the courtesy to attend the President's State of the Union Address.  (They hate blacks and "spics" down there just about as much as they do "gays".)

      And then, of course, we have all the North-Eastern 1/3 of the State who want to secede, and have their own little Teabaghead/Republican State as well - at the expense of whatever "improving Colorado economy" there might presently be.  Not to mention the "Anti-(Imaginary)-Vote-Fraud-General-in-Command", currently disgracing the Office of Secretary of State.  And the Teabaghead/Republican Congressman who managed to get himself a thoroughly gerrymandered "Safe District", by way of depriving most of the population of Adams County Democrats of both a fair vote, and representation in Congress.

      I think Hickenlooper has "enough on his plate" already, so to speak.  And, in the end, the Courts took care of "Amendment 2" in excellent fashion.  Let the Teabaghead/Republican State Attorney General argue what already appears to be a "big loser".  And, work as hard as you can, to get out the vote to KEEP HICKENLOOPER IN THE GOVERNOR'S OFFICE!

      •  Your moniker fits your rant perfectly. (1+ / 0-)
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        Glad you're here.  I'm thinking, btw, that next month might be a good time for another Kossack meet-up to show off my flower bed.  Interested?

        •  Depends much on where that might be. At nearly 85 (1+ / 0-)
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          with hearing aids and arthritic "weather forecasters" in both knees, I don't drive anymore.  And, my general ride is something of an "old time", GOP style, Republican.  (From the days of such as Margaret Chase Smith, Everett Dirkson, Thurgood Marshall,, that is. - which I once was myself, for that matter, about 55 years, or so, ago.)

          I have tried to get him to read The Daily Kos, without success, so far anyway.  And, from time to time, I do need to get out of the house; so . . . ?

          Thanks much for the invitation, and kind words, though.  I've been banned a few times from the more Right-wingnut blogs on the current garbage wrappers - including the one in Denver; so it's great to learn that there is at least someplace where freedom of speech is still valued.

          Hope your garden blooms abundantly, and all goes well for you.


  •  Brokeback Mountain (3+ / 0-)
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    was prophetic.

    The sleep of reason brings forth monsters. --Goya

    by MadScientist on Tue Mar 18, 2014 at 08:46:38 AM PDT

  •  Every time there's news on this issue, it's a good (6+ / 0-)
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    thing. Within just a couple of years, even poor old Alabamy will have to let same-sex couples get hitched. If marriage equality makes it to the Supreme Court, which it is likely to do, I cannot see them do anything  but to once and for all say that same-sex marriage bans violate 14th amendment rights.

    Poor old Alabamy!

    Pope Francis: the Thumb of Christ in the eyes of the Pharisees.

    by commonmass on Tue Mar 18, 2014 at 09:04:50 AM PDT

    •  Jeff Sessions gonna getcha!!! (1+ / 0-)
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    •  Alabama is overtly vying with Mississippi (1+ / 0-)
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      to be the last state where opinion would tip, and then the last to act accordingly.

      Nate Silver built a model in 2009 that predicted that the last to tip would be Mississippi in 2024, but things are actually moving faster than that now, as young Evangelicals increasingly drop out over homophobia. The Barna Group, a Christian Evangelical polling and research organization, is saying that 59% of those ages 18–29 brought up to attend church regularly no longer do so, and has surveys showing that attitudes to LGBTs are a large component of that. Pew Forum, approaching the question from a different perspective, has other data on the views and religious attitudes of Millennials.

      Mississippi is in the Fifth Circuit, and will be covered by the decision on the Texas appeal. Alabama is in the Eleventh Circuit, which is not as far along. There is a case in Florida that should be decided and appealed this year, which will apply to Alabama. I have been writing here about the five cases just filed in Indiana, in the Eleventh Circuit. That only leaves the Eighth Circuit, from Arkansas to North Dakota. There are ME cases in Arkansas, Jernigan v. Crane and Wright v. Arkansas, so that will eventually be that, except for the territories.

      Back off, man. I'm a logician.—GOPBusters™

      by Mokurai on Tue Mar 18, 2014 at 12:46:55 PM PDT

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  •  There is a couple (0+ / 0-)

    in South Dakota that are preparing to take SD to court over the law here as well. This will be done in Rapid City, smack dab right in the middle of the reddest part of the state, talk about popcorn eating, can't wait for the right wing bigots here to get going, the stuff they come up with will be legendary.

    If you are not the lead dog, the view never changes.

    by RepresentUsPlease on Tue Mar 18, 2014 at 10:22:42 AM PDT

  •  Four states... (0+ / 0-)

    Right now, there are four states where the Legislature could pass a bill for the Governor to sign granting Marriage Equality: Wyoming, Indiana, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

    (And I think now that we are out of the special session, the Illinois Legislature could pass a bill moving up the date of state wide ME from June, but there doesn't seem to be the political interest in doing that, especially considering the lawsuits)

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