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Marriage Equality Comes to Arkansas: A Legal Analysis

By ARI EZRA WALDMAN

Arkansas-Judge-Chris-PiazzaLate Friday, Judge Chris Piazza (right), a state court judge in Arkansas, declared his state's ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional and ordered the county clerk's office to issue marriage licenses to gay couples. It was the first post-Windsor marriage equality decision based on federal and state grounds. And because he did not stay his order, gay couples could almost immediately get married (and have!). The Arkansas attorney general has filed a motion for a stay and only a select few counties are following the judge's order.

You may be asking yourself a few questions: How did this all come about? Why a state court case, especially since most of our post-Windsor success (save New Jersey and New Mexico) has come through the federal courts? Why are certain county clerks defying the judge and not issuing marriage licenses? What happens now?

Marriage equality lawsuits are proliferating throughout the country: most of them are run by or have the participation of the major gay rights litigation concerns (Lambda Legal, the ACLU, and the American Foundation for Equal Rights, for example). Some, like the one in Arkansas, were filed by private attorneys on behalf of a phalanx of local couples who just want to get married near their families or have their out-of-state marriages recognized by their home state.

These plaintiffs are just like all the other marriage equality plaintiffs. They just want the freedom to love. And like so many other marriage equality decisions, this one proves that we are in a different world after the Supreme Court's decision in Windsor

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Justice Ginsburg Calls Edie Windsor ‘Such A Well-Chosen Plaintiff’

GinsburgSupreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is a badass. I know because last March, I had the privilege of witnessing the oral arguments in United States v. Windsor and will forever remember her quip that with DOMA in place, the U.S. effectively had two kinds of marriage in place: "there’s full marriage and then there’s sort of skim milk marriage”

In a recent interview with the Wall Street Journal, Ginsburg was asked to give her thoughts on the public’s reaction to that landmark case and the cultural shift towards greater public support for marriage equality. 

Said Ginsburg:

The reaction to Windsor I think has been positive from the public. She was such a well-chosen plaintiff. People could understand the injustice of the way she was treated. I haven’t seen a social change that rapid in – ever. It’s just great that people who for years have been disguising what they were are now free to be what they are. 

When asked why the court ruled narrowly in the case and didn’t address the bigger question of whether state laws could deny marriage to same-sex couples, Ginsburg responded:

You saw the way the court disposed of the California case. The court generally moves in small steps rather than in one giant step. I think Thurgood Marshall’s litigation is a good example of that. For years he was not arguing that ‘separate but equal’ had to go [but rather attacking segregation incrementally]. Then, then when he had all the building blocks in place, he could bring the Brown litigation.

Ginsburg also said the numerous court cases working their way through the system that have used the Windsor ruling to strike down restrictions on gay marriage are an “inevitable next step on the part of people who [are] trying to promote a greater understanding.”

You can check out her full interview HERE, in which she goes on to give her thoughts on President Obama, congressional gridlock, the Affordable Care Act, and officiating gay marriages.  


President Obama Thanks Edie Windsor in the Oval Office: PHOTO

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President Obama invited DOMA plaintiff Edie Windsor to the France State Dinner this week and thanked her in the Oval Office at a separate meeting, reports Valerie Jarrett on the White House blog:

"The thanks expressed by the President that day have been echoed by millions of Americans, including thousands of legally married couples who can now live their lives with greater justice and dignity – thanks to heroes like Edie Windsor who have been willing to stand up and fight for equality under the law."

(official White House photo by Pete Souza)


Edie Windsor is a Finalist for TIME 'Person of the Year'

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TIME managing editor Nancy Gibbs has named the shortlist for the magazine's annual 'Person of the Year' issue, and it includes DOMA plaintiff  and SCOTUS victor Edie Windsor.

TimeBashar Assad, President of Syria
Jeff Bezos, Amazon Founder
Ted Cruz, Texas Senator
Miley Cyrus, Singer
Pope Francis, Leader of the Catholic Church
Barack Obama, President of the United States
Hassan Rouhani, President of Iran
Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services
Edward Snowden, N.S.A. Leaker
Edith Windsor, Gay rights activist

President Obama took the title last year.


NEWS: NSA Surveillance, Katy Perry, Teen Sexting, Darren Young's Boyfriend, Joseph Gordon-Levitt

JumpRoad On-again, off-again: Beyonce and her hair have gotten back together.

Road 6.5 magnitude quake rocks New Zealand.

Road Gaga's fans are, um, dedicated.

Road Straight Iowan couple pulls out of wedding venue because the venue turned away a gay couple on the grounds that "gay marriage is inferior to heterosexual marriage."

Road As the crisis in Egypt continues to worsen, protestors jump off a bridge in an attempt to flee from the Egyptian military forces.

Road George W. Bush's daughter, Barbara, wants Hillary Clinton to run for President but wouldn't necessarily vote for her: "I don't know who she'd be running against."

Road War of the Roses redux? Battle ensues over the recently discovered remains of Richard III.

Road Today Show segment on teen boys and sexting stirs debate.

Road Blind item: is a major actor preparing to come out or just head back to the closet?

RichRoad Former French First Lady Carla Bruni talks about what it was like meeting the English royal family: "It was an incredible experience. It was very -- how can I say? -- exceptional, you know. What happens with the royal family is that they're so kind, you know, and they make you at ease. They make you feel comfortable. So it wasn't difficult; it was a wonderful experience. I'll never forget."

Road Is this the beginning of a meme?

Road As any socialite worth her salt knows, it's stressful hosting a fundraiser for President Obama.

Road Darren Young opens up to wrestling.org saying he's "deeply in love" with his boyfriend of two years who was apparently a motivating factor in his decision to come out yesterday.

Road The NSA broke privacy rules 2,776 times: "Most of the infractions involve unauthorized surveillance of Americans or foreign intelligence targets in the United States, both of which are restricted by statute and executive order. They range from significant violations of law to typographical errors that resulted in unintended interception of U.S. e-mails and telephone calls."

Road Julia Child would have been 100 yesterday. PBS gives her the remix treatment in honor of her centennial.

Road Joseph Gordon-Levitt wrestles with a porn addiction in his directorial debut, Don Jon. Check out the trailer here.

JglRoad A defense of gay stereotypes.

Road Edie Windsor helps inaugurate Long Island's new LGBT Community Center.

Road Glee tribute episode to Cory Monteith will not touch on drug abuse. Creator Ryan Murphy felt it would be "really exploitative."

Road On a related note, the trailer for Monteith's final film McCanick has been released. The film will debut in September at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Road Katy Perry blasts Tony Abbott, quite possibly the next Australian Prime Minister, on live radio show because of his lack of support for gay marriage: "Let's talk about gay marriage," she said. "Yeah, buddy, that's right. Love is equal." A host then explains that Abbott is against gay marriage. "I love you as a human being, but I can't give you my vote then," Perry added. "I just don't believe in your policies so that's what a lot of people should be doing."


Triumphant DOMA Plaintiff Edie Windsor Rides as Grand Marshal in NYC LGBT Pride Parade: VIDEO

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Let the joyous news be spread, the wicked old DOMA at last is dead!

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

Said Edie: "If somebody had told me 15 years ago that I would be the marshal of New York City's gay pride parade in 2013, at the age of 84, I wouldn't have believed it."

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