Archive for May 20, 2014

On the heels of the ruling yesterday striking down a ban on same sex marriage in Oregon, today Judge John E. Jones III struck down the State of Pennsylvania’s law banning same-sex marriage. In his ruling, Judge Jones said, “We are a better people than what these laws represent, and it is time to discard them into the ash heap of history.” Hear, hear. Ironically, Rick Santorum urged the Senate to confirm Judge Jones back when Santorum was still a senator.

Could anyone have believed such progress would occur so quickly on the heals of the 2008 California Proposition 8 vote, in which voters narrowly supported a ban on same sex marriage in that state? Of course, that led to it being overturned on appeal, and ultimately to the June 26, 2013 United States Supreme Court decision that effectively left the law overturned. Less than a year later, 19 states permit same sex marriage.