The U.S. Supreme Court today denied the same-sex marriage petitions seeking appeal of appellate court rulings that bans on gay marriage in Indiana, Wisconsin, Utah, Oklahoma, and Virginia were unconstitutional.
Today's opinion uses strict scrutiny, the most stringent standard of judicial review and typically applied in cases involving constitutional rights or principles. This will have huge ramifications going forward.
Bostic v. Rainey charges that Virginia laws violate the Equal Protection and Due Process Clauses of the Fourteenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, and single out gays and lesbians for a disfavored legal status, thereby creating a category of “second-class citizens.”
The case was filed on behalf of Joanne Harris and Jessica Duff of Staunton and Christy Berghoff and Victoria Kidd of Winchester and seeks to represent all same-sex couples in Virginia who wish to marry here or who have married in other jurisdictions.
by Michelangelo Signorile - Editor-at-large, HuffPost Gay Voices
Virgina GOP gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli -- who is intent on reinstating Virginia's Crimes Against Nature law -- apparently thinks oral sex (between any two people, gay or straight) is the same as gay sex.
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