Last night, a couple of US judges decided to put in some late hours at work and get real shit done. US District Judge Carlton Reeves in #Mississippi last night rules that the states ban on same-sex couples’ marriages is unconstitutional, he said, “This court joins the vast majority of federal courts to conclude that same-sex couples and the children they raise are equal before the law…Allowing, same-sex couples to marry, however, presents no harm to anyone.”
Over in #Arkansas, U.S. Judge Kristine Baker also ruled the states same-sex marriage ban as unconstitutional. The first ruling on this came in May, but the state appealed, so same-sex marriage licenses were put on hold. The case was kicked up to the Arkansas Supreme Court, but as of yesterday the case was dismissed as unconstitutional.
Now, it is important to note that the decision has been put on hold for two weeks, giving both states a chance to appeal the court decision, after the fourteen days are up, the states should move forward in allowing same-sex couples to apply for marriage licenses.
As of right now, in case you’ve lost count, same-sex marriage is legal in 35 states including the District of Columbia. The decisions in Mississippi and Arkansas are huge victories, considering what happened in the 6th Circuit (Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky, and Tennessee) earlier this month, where a judge there upheld the states gay marriage ban. The states are currently attempting to send appeal the ban and send it all the way to the Supreme Court. #momentum #lesbians #lesbiansofig #lesbiansofinstagram #lez #instalove #instagay #instalez #lesbihonest #equality #lgbtnews #lgbtqnews #humanrights #protest #lesbihonest #lesbianproblems #lgbt #lgbtq #queer #gay #lesbianlove #lezworld2012