Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Q Toon: Legal Briefs

Paul Berge
Q Syndicate
Apr 16, 2014
It ain't easy defending Defense of Marriage Acts around the country these days.

State lawyers arguing in favor of Utah's ban of same-sex marriage had planned to cite that Mark Regnerus study so thoroughly dismissed by the U.S. District Court Judge Bernard Freeman in Michigan. Last week, Utah's lawyers wrote the 10th Circuit Court to ask them to forget anybody ever mentioned Mr. Regnerus. (See my cartoon about Mr. Regnerus here.)

Just days later, Southern Ohio District Court Judge Timothy Black ruled that Ohio must recognize marriages of same-sex couples legally performed in other states, stating that "The record before the Court ... is staggeringly devoid of any legitimate justification for the Ohio's ongoing arbitrary discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, and, therefore, Ohio's marriage recognition bans are facially unconstitutional and unenforceable under any circumstances."

Further cases are pending in Oklahoma, Arkansas, Wisconsin, Virginia -- well, almost every state that still clings to mixed-sex marriage supremacy. And time is running out for those desperately searching for evidence out of marriage equality pioneers Massachusetts, California, and Iowa that marriage equality leads to juvenile delinquency, the heartbreak of psoriasis, uneven breast growth, crab grass, holy fucking shitballs, or rising sea levels.

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