Friday, 28 November 2014 22:42

Constitutional Equal Marriage Bans Have Been Repealed In Arkansas And In Mississippi

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Two states, Arkansas and Mississippi, have seen their equal marriage ban overturned!!!

Indeed, the two states had constitutional amendments defining marriage as a union between a man and a woman and both were repealed by federal judges.

First, in Arkansas, Judge Kristine Baker said that even if the amendment was approved by referendum "does not immunize it from federal constitutional scrutiny."

She added that Arkansas' marriage laws, including the amendment, violate the US Constitution by "precluding same-sex couples from exercising their fundamental right to marry in Arkansas, by not recognizing valid same-sex marriages from other states, and by discriminating on the basis of gender."

In Mississippi, for his part, Judge Carlton Reeves added that "the 14th Amendment operates to remove the blinders of inequality from our eyes. Though we cherish our traditional values, they must give way to constitutional wisdom. Mississippi's traditional beliefs about gay and lesbian citizens led it to defy that wisdom by taking away fundamental rights owed to every citizen. It is time to restore those rights.

"Today's decision may cause uneasiness and concern about the change it will bring.

"But '[t]hings change, people change, times change, and Mississippi changes, too.' The man who said these words, Ross R. Barnett Jr., knew firsthand their truth."

However, the decision in Arkansas has been put on hold for an appeal to the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals.

While we don't know yet if there will be an appeal in this state, Mississippi officials have already warned that they would initiate proceedings against an overturned decision.