Marriage Equality Update

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Marriage Equality Update

Looks like New York and New Jersey might be the next states to legalize same-sex marriage.
Next month, New York State's highest court will hear a legal challenge to prohibiting same-sex marriage.

Oral arguments will be made on May 31. The case involves five gay and lesbian couples from Manhattan who were denied marriage licenses in New York City. The couples are represented by Lambda Legal.
Two other cases involving gay marriage are in lower courts in the state.

The New Jersey Supreme Court heard arguments in a similar case in February and the high court in the state of Washington heard arguments last year. Decisions in both states could come at any time.
I can almost hear the howls of "JUDICIAL ACTIVISM!" coming from the anti-gay wingnuts already. But LGBT groups are pretty smart and they already have the numbers that show that NY and NJ judges wouldn't be thwarting the will of the people if they decided that it is unconstitutional to deny same-sex couples the right to marry-- they'd actually be supporting the will of the people.
The majority of people across New York State support same-sex marriage according to a new poll released Monday. The survey shows that 53 percent of prospective voters support marriage equality for gays and lesbians, while 38 percent do not.
A Zogby poll in New Jersey for Garden State Equality found that 56 percent of those surveyed favor marriage equality while only 39 percent said they believe marriage should be restricted to opposite-sex couples.
The times they are a'-changin'...

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