MConnell/Bush-judge strikes down gay marriage ban in Kentucky

This just gets more delish by the day. A federal judge in Kentucky just struck down that state’s constitutional amendment banning gay marriage.

The judge was appointed by President George H. W. Bush in 1992, at the suggestion of Kentucky’s Republican Senator, and US Senate Republican leader, Mitch McConnell. Heh.

The judge put his ruling on hold, pending appeal. So no one will be getting married in Kentucky. Still, the juggernaut that is gay civil rights, and particular marriage equality, clearly will not be stopped.

Closet-gay-ally Mitch McConnell.

Closet-gay-ally Mitch McConnell.

Evan Wolfson of Freedom to Marry puts it all in perspective. “Today a Republican-appointed federal judge in Kentucky held – as have more than 20 other judges and as did the U.S. Supreme Court last year – that discriminatory state marriage bans are unconstitutional,” Wolfson said in a release.

“Today’s ruling follows a February ruling from the same judge, which stated that Kentucky must respect the legal marriages of same-sex couples performed outside of Kentucky. That case will be heard by the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals on August 6, 2014,” Wolfson added.

Wolfson noted that today’s victory stems from the Supreme Court’s historic decision last June (2013) in the US v. Windsor case, which struck down section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).  Since that ruling, almost exactly one year ago, “23 consecutive rulings have struck down state marriage bans as unconstitutional,” according to Wolfson.

The judge was quite outspoken in his ruling:

“In America, even sincere and long-hold religious beliefs do not trump the constitutional rights of those who happen to have been out-voted.”

Heyburn rejected the only justification offered by lawyers for Beshear — that traditional marriages contribute to a stable birth rate and the state’s long-term economic stability.

“These arguments are not those of serious people,” he said.

Not of serious people. Hot dmn.

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