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07/28/2014

Read: 4th Circuit strikes down Virginia marriage ban

by Jeremy Hooper

Since Windsor, we are twenty-nine for twenty-nine in the courts. Here's the right side of history's latest decision (vindication?):

"We recognize that same-sex marriage makes some people deeply uncomfortable. However, inertia and apprehension are not legitimate bases for denying same-sex couples due process and equal protection of the laws. Civil marriage is one of the cornerstones of our way of life. It allows individuals to celebrate and publicly declare their intentions to form lifelong partnerships, which provide unparalleled intimacy, companionship, emotional support, and security. The choice of whether and whom to marry is an intensely personal decision that alters the course of an individual’s life. Denying same-sex couples this choice prohibits them from participating fully in our society, which is precisely the type of segregation that the Fourteenth Amendment cannot countenance."

14-1167 #234 - Opinion by Equality Case Files

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