| || |
Seven couples sue N.D. over constitutional ban on same sex marriage
June 6, 2014 - Andrea Johnson
The AP is reporting that seven North Dakota couples have filed a lawsuit challenging North Dakota's ban on gay marriage. North Dakota is the last state to have such a challenge filed, which probably isn't too surprising given that voters in the state overwhelmingly passed a constitutional ban on the practice.
Still, it's more than obvious that gay marriage will be legal throughout the land sooner rather than later.
Gay marriage is currently legal in 19 states: California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington, Illinois and the District of Columbia. District court judges have overturned bans in Utah, Oklahoma, Virginia, Michigan, Idaho, Arkansas, and Texas, but gay marriage is on hold until appellate courts have ruled on appeals. Every other state, now including North Dakota, are being sued over constitutional bans or state laws against same sex marriage. I would not be surprised to see a U.S. Supreme Court ruling in the next year or two declaring bans on same sex marriage unconstitutional.
The question after that is what kind of country will we have? I hope it will be a live and let live sort of country, with everyone free to marry and live their lives as they please without undue comment from neighbors and employers. That ought to apply equally to people who oppose gay marriage on religious grounds and teach their children that marriage should be only between a man and a woman.
But I imagine that will be a tricky proposition, particularly in schools. Teachers in this state, like in other places, will probably have to find a way to teach kids with two mommies or two daddies in a class with kids whose parents are adamantly against their children learning anything positive about gay marriage. Legalizing gay marriage will likely push the elementary and high school curricula further towards a positive portrayal of same sex couples. That has been the case in states like Massachusetts, where a court ruling refused to allow parents to opt their kids out of a story hour involving the reading of a book about two gay penguins. Personally, I question that court decision and would like to see the state pass a law requiring schools to offer kids alternative assignments when parents object to certain materials.
What changes do you foresee if gay marriage is legalized in this state?
Post a Comment
News, Blogs & Events Web