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States that ban same-sex couples from marriage rights deemed unconstitutional

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Reported yesterday and last week, some states are quickly updating their state constitutions to recognize same-sex marriage rights, due to a precedent set in June by the Supreme Court case Defense of Marriage Act, which was deemed unconstitutional and discriminatory.

Many states are now changing their same-sex marriage laws. The new policies will reflect that a ban against same-sex couples is unconstitutional.

On Thursday, Virginia Judge Arenda L. Write Allen of the United States District Courts said, our states constitution regards all men as equal. Adding, “surely this means all of us.”

Kentucky is now one of nine states to legally recognize that a ban against the marriage of same-sex couples is against the U.S. Constitution. In 2004, Kentucky had made a state constitutional amendment to ban same-sex couples from being married. As of Feb. 12, Kentucky U.S. District Judge John G. Heyburn II nullified these bans.

Joining this movement is Nevada which was reported yesterday, announcing they would also no longer ban same-sex couples from being married and recognized. Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto said, the law is no longer sustainable, after careful review. Gov. Brian Sandoval agreed.

“It has become clear that this case is no longer defensible in court," a spokeswoman for Sandoval said in a statement emailed to the Los Angeles Times.

However, Ohio seems to have a different opinion. Ohio's gay rights coalitions and advocates for same-sex marriage are not in an agreement for placing the right for same-sex couples to marry on their ballot just yet, which would reverse the states 2004 ban.

Executive Director of Equality Ohio, Elyzabth Holford said, that the support of same-sex marriage idea is still closely tied in the state, and placing same-sex marriage on the ballot too soon could be a major disaster. But not everyone agrees, and looking forward to getting the topic on the 2014 ballot is the FreedomOhio group.

Executive Director Ian James, of FreedomOhio said, they worked way too hard to gather the number of voter signatures, and understands they are lacking campaign money to further the groups momentum, but will still pursue their goal. James said, they are currently looking to raise more than $11 million to have a fair deal at promoting voters to make Ohio a non-discriminatory state against same-sex couples. While Ohio is at a stand still for now, some of the more conservative states in the nation have overturned their bans, what's up with Ohio?

Utah and Oklahoma are some of the most glaring red states who have banned same-sex marriages who recently had a couple of state federal judges determine their bans were unconstitutional. Surely if Utah and Oklahoma thought their bans were discriminatory and unconstitutional, Ohio should get a clue.

Even Oklahoma rough and tough neighboring lone star state Texas is still in on the fence, but may soon see their ban overturned. Two same-sex couples living in Texas, but married in a state that recognizes their unions have challenged Texas’ current same-sex marriage ban in federal court as of last Wednesday. Surely if big ole Texas can cowboy up and void their state ban, Ohio should also getty up! Seems like individual states are making their state laws comply with federal law.



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