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The legalization of gay marriage in North Dakota is approaching

December 30, 2013 - Andrea Johnson
What's the difference between Utah's constitutional ban against gay marriage and North Dakota's? Nothing, and that very likely means gay marriage will be legal in this state far sooner than most people expect.

Earlier this month, a U.S. District Court judge ruled that Utah's ban on gay marriage violates the equal protection clause of the U.S. Constitution. Last week, the 10th Circuit Court in Denver turned down Utah's request for an emergency stay that would have put a halt to gay marriage in that state. Utah now plans to appeal the case to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Utah's constitutional amendment, passed in 2004, reads: "Marriage consists of the legal union between a man and a woman. No other domestic union, however denominated, may be recognized as a marriage or given the same or substantially equivalent legal effect." North Dakota's constitutional amendment, passed by voters the same year, is identical to Utah's.

The Supreme Court has already ruled last summer that the federal Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional because it violates the equal protection clause of the Constitution. Under that ruling, gay couples who live in states where gay marriage is legal are entitled to receive federal benefits. The Utah case ought to give the Supremes a chance to finish the job and make gay marriage legal across the whole of the United States.

Perhaps legislators will decide to be sensible and pass uniform marriage laws so that anyone who is married in one state is also married in another. That should apply equally to first cousin couples, gay couples and couples of varying ages.

Gay marriage is now legal in Massachusetts, California, Connecticut, Iowa, Vermont, New Hampshire, District of Columbia, New York, Washington, Maine, Maryland, Rhode Island, Delaware, Minnesota, New Jersey, Hawaii, Illinois, New Mexico, and Utah. It is illegal in other states.


Article Comments



Jan-13-14 11:30 PM

Husband and wives????

Apparently anatomy in marrige makes no differance now..

Really sick and perverted.. every one of them...


Jan-08-14 8:49 AM

....and for the Williston paper, there were quite a few comments.


Jan-08-14 8:48 AM

(this is cutoff part) """And loving your neighbor as yourself is the only way to truly be fulfilled.

Mark Ziegler



Jan-06-14 12:27 PM

The Supreme Court has issued a stay in the Utah case. It will probably end up being heard by the whole Supreme Court.


Jan-05-14 7:14 PM

What do you call the Bill of Rights?


Jan-05-14 1:31 PM

the constitution doesnt give people rights it is there to govern the goverment. and as long as it doesnt cost the taxpayer ANY MONEY. just go be as q u e e r as one wants to be, but it has already cost the taxpayer money just wasting time on it,


Jan-05-14 12:44 AM

Like it or not, it will be defined as marriage under the law and they will refer to each other as husbands and wives. Anything other than marriage will be considered a violation if the equal protection clause of the Constitution.


Jan-04-14 11:41 PM

gay unions, yes; gay marriage--physically impossible. It has nothing to do with religion-only anatomy.


Jan-04-14 10:32 PM

Yes, life is messy. There are thousands of gay couples raising kids who want to be legally married and have no desire to be cured. So, do we make laws based on the way people actually live or based on how religious people wish people live? Frankly, There is a large part of me that would be happiest with a very traditional, well ordered society with no gay marriage. I was raised Catholic. But, just as I have no doubt that my mandatory counseling idea will never come to pass and would be far too hard to enforce, I also know that gay marriage is inevitable and denying it is both unfair and unrealistic.


Jan-04-14 7:06 PM

Andrea, so you supported the mandated 12 month counseling before a divorce would be final. How would you expect to get an unwilling partner in for that counseling? Life if messy, learn to live with it.


Jan-04-14 5:29 PM

coming to a church near you....a judge ruling that they are 'hate' organizations....that they foster prejudice. Unless they get on board with New Age think and do what the government wants.

Come Together


Jan-04-14 1:04 PM

willgarr Jan-02-14 4:32 PM p orno grafic

Is that how YOU view gay marriage???????


Jan-04-14 8:17 AM

Andrea if you made the laws half the people would be counselors and the other half would be in counseling.


Jan-03-14 5:01 PM

Probably not. I think the state has a legitimate interest in promoting stable marriages and giving preferred status to married couples with the tax code.


Jan-03-14 4:55 PM

....but would you get 'marriage' out of the tax code?


Jan-03-14 4:30 PM

If I made the laws, I would make it both harder to get married and harder to get divorced. To get married, I'd require that couples undergo a few sessions of counseling with the counselor of their choice, religious or secular, that covered each person's position on such things as financial planning, child rearing, conflict management and other matters of import such as who will clean the kitchen, make supper and mow the lawn. Before a couple with children were permitted to get a divorce, I would also require marriage counseling and a one or two year mandated waiting period before the divorce could be finalized. I'd waive those requirements in the case of domestic violence, abuse, adultery or a felony conviction. But I'd allow gay marriage and polygamy (under the same conditions as everyone else.) It seems to me that good, stable, long lasting marriages ought to be promoted. Occasionally my more authoritarian side conflicts with my more libertarian impulses. But I don't rule the world.


Jan-03-14 3:19 PM

So why do you wish to expand failure?


Jan-03-14 2:52 PM

Andrea's "Think of all the new branches of family law and tax code ... "

'some say' that the tax code has become onerous, and has become an extension of welfare...has become more of a 'welfare code' than a 'tax code'.

maybe we could get marriage out of the tax code, get a flat tax? after all, 'fairness' is what our left does want...and a flat tax would take us there.


Jan-03-14 1:39 PM

Wow. I leave this thread for a few days and when I come back, it's jumped the tracks faster than a train going through Casselton.


Jan-03-14 1:04 PM

PJ, marriage has been trampled, and nearly destroyed. You libs are winning the war. But for hundreds of years, long before our country came into fruition; marriage was between a man and a woman. Because there are aberrations in nature as Andrea touts, doe not mean we abolish the norms.


Jan-03-14 12:46 PM

I, too, hear that is what 'they say'.....

Jan-03-14 10:47 AM

It is a proven fact that homophobic men have latent homosexual tendencies. Whereas men who have no problems with gays do not. What can we infer with this about many posters here? Can we infer that they are closet gays themselves in denial?


Jan-03-14 10:37 AM

"""The Catholic Church teaches that gays should be celibate, as should all unmarried heterosexuals. Still, that's probably easier said than done for most people."""

that said, 'some say' the same about should we be more accepting of that because they cannot 'control' themselves? Maybe why the Church was so 'accepting' of pedophile priests? They did not want to judge?


Jan-03-14 10:29 AM

Allz I know is that Obama will tell us 'You can keep your Church if you like it'....

Come Together


Jan-02-14 3:34 PM

When liberals cannot find another source they head out to Hollywood looking for Wisdom..

Remember when they tried the celebrity game shows about 15 years ago and they had to quit becasue they found out how REALLY stupid many of these celebrities really are????


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