Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Equality comes to Pennsylvania

Another day, another US bigot-state has its ban on same-sex marriage overturned:

Same-sex couples can now marry in all north-eastern US states after a federal judge struck down Pennsylvania's ban on Tuesday, a day after a similar law was overturned in Oregon.

The Pennsylvania ruling marks the latest victory in what has been a spectacular year for marriage equality. The ruling is the 14th consecutive legal win for gay marriage advocates since the US supreme court's Windsor decision in June 2013 that found part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (Doma) unconstitutional.

US district judge John Jones wrote in his ruling: "That same-sex marriage causes discomfort in some does not make its prohibition constitutional. Nor can past tradition trump the bedrock constitutional guarantees of due process and equal protection. Were that not so, ours would still be a racially segregated nation according to the now rightfully discarded doctrine of 'separate but equal'."

Jones concludes: "We are better people than what these laws represent, and it is time to discard them in the ash heap of history."

Good to see judges finally recognising that when the constitution promises equal protection under the law, it doesn't just mean "for rich straight white guys".