Monday, February 17, 2014

In the News; When are all the states going to get it?

On February 13, 2014, a Federal judge ruled that Virginia's marriage ban was unconstitutional. In Kentucky the courts ruled that all same-sex marriages from out of state must be recognized in the state (just like straight marriages! Imagine that!).  - This is all great news for equal rights. However, gay couples in both states can't marry there until it goes BACK to the Supreme Court. Dammit. 
 - If the Supreme Court did the right thing the first time, states wouldn't have to be sued to come the the simple conclusion that Equal means Equal. SIGH. 
   When are all of these conservative states going to understand that Equal means "Equal"?? All of this mess could be avoided. 
    Conservatives in Wisconsin took their intolerance a step FURTHER. They were voting on a law to imprison and fine up to $10,000 any gay couple residing in the state, who married in another state. 
STORY: Bloomberg News: WI criminal-gay-marriage-ban story 
Again, I ask - What is wrong with these conservatives?  Sigh.   - Rob



STORY: VA same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional
Feb. 14, 2014  NORFOLK, Va. (AP) -- In a federal court ruling echoing decisions reached elsewhere in the U.S., Virginia on Thursday became the first state in the South to overturn a voter-approved prohibition of same-sex marriage.
U.S. District Judge Arenda Wright Allen issued a stay of her order while it is appealed, meaning that gay couples in Virginia still will not be able to marry until the case is ultimately resolved. Both sides believe the case won't be settled until the Supreme Court decides to hear it or one like it.
Allen's decision makes Virginia the second state in the South to issue a ruling recognizing the legality of gay marriages.
A judge in Kentucky ruled Wednesday that the state must recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states. But that judge did not rule on the constitutionality of same-sex marriages inside the state. Decisions similar to that of the Virginia judge have been issued in in Utah and Oklahoma federal courts.
The office of newly elected Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring took the unusual step of not defending the law because it believes the ban violates the equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment. In her ruling, Wright Allen agreed.
"The court is compelled to conclude that Virginia's Marriage Laws unconstitutionally deny Virginia's gay and lesbian citizens the fundamental freedom to choose to marry. Government interests in perpetuating traditions, shielding state matters from federal interference, and favoring one model of parenting over others must yield to this country's cherished protections that ensure the exercise of the private choices of the individual citizen regarding love and family," Wright Allen wrote.

Gift/Memorial Suggestions

Several of our friends have lost loved ones (human and pets) and we found that one of the best ways to honor their memory is to give to an animal charity.
What better way to recognize a life of love, than by giving another life a chance for love?
We donate to many animal rescues, but because we volunteer with
DC Weimaraner Rescue and Coast-to-Coast Dachshund Rescue, those are our 2 favorites.
Consider giving the chance of life to a dog or cat.

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We're two married guys who enjoy the simple things in life, especially our dogs. We volunteer for dog rescues, enjoy splitting dinners, exercising, blogging, helping friends and neighbors, ghost investigations, coffee and tea, Tudor history, weather, superheroes, comic books, mystery novels, traveling, 70s and 80s music, classic country, piano, gardening, writing books on ghosts and spirits, architecture, keeping a clean house, cooking simply, and keeping in shape. You'll find tidbits of all of these things on this blog and more.

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!
Wondering what home project to do next