ACLU files new lawsuit pushing for same-sex marriage rights
July 9th, 2013
12:22 PM ET
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ACLU files new lawsuit pushing for same-sex marriage rights

(CNN) - The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit in Pennsylvania challenging the state's ban on same-sex marriages and refusal to recognize such marriages from other states.

A similar suit will be filed in Virginia, while an existing lawsuit in North Carolina will be amended to broaden the scope, the ACLU said Tuesday.

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  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    Go from state to state until all bans are overturned.

    July 9, 2013 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  2. just sayin

    the far left wing in this country jamming their gay religion down our throats using the courts when the people have spoken. they don't believe in democracy when it doesn't go their way.

    July 9, 2013 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  3. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    the far left wing in this country jamming their gay religion down our throats using the courts when the people have spoken. they don't believe in democracy when it doesn't go their way.
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    What part of "ALL MEN ARE CREATED EQUAL AND, THAT THEY ARE ENDOWED BY THEIR CREATOR WITH CERTAIN UNALIENABLE RIGHTS?"

    July 9, 2013 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  4. Borderless

    Another tiny step toward equality for all.

    July 9, 2013 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  5. Malory Archer

    just sayin

    the far right wing in this country jamming their anti-everything not wealthy, white, christian male religion down our throats using the courts when the people have spoken. they don't believe in democracy when it doesn't go their way.

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    FIFY

    July 9, 2013 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  6. Rudy NYC

    just sayin

    the far left wing in this country jamming their gay religion down our throats using the courts when the people have spoken. they don't believe in democracy when it doesn't go their way.
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    "Jamming gay religion down our throats" Is anyone or anybody asked, forced, or coerced you into a gay marriage? No.

    July 9, 2013 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  7. it might be time to part ways

    It might just be time for an amicable parting of the ways in this country. It is clear our country has grown into two very different cultures with diametrically opposed viewpoints and belief systems. I believe sooner or later it will explode if this reality is not addressed in a civilized manner. Czeckoslovakia was broken up and so can't the USA. We are united no longer and we must come to grips with that reality.

    July 9, 2013 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  8. Silence DoGood

    When the far right Christians use general terms like "family", "people of faith", "religious freedom", etc., make no mistake: They wish to transform this country into a narrowly defined Christian sub-sect country, as opposed to what the founders envisioned.

    Good for the ACLU in pursuing freedom for all.

    July 9, 2013 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  9. Sniffit

    "they don't believe in democracy when it doesn't go their way."

    Our democracy is defined by the Constitution, which prohibits the civil rights that it protects from being voted upon, such that the majority can single out "unpopular minorities" for discriminatory treatment and second-class status that affords them lesser protections of their guaranteed, inalienable human rights, particularly to equal treatment under our laws. What's really going on here is that conservative religio-fascist nutjobs don't really care what the Constitution says, means or what its purpose was when it gets in the way of them singling out an "unpopular minority" group they'd like to label as second-class citizens and them subject to discriminatory treatment. Get it through your heads: civil rights are not up for a vote. Unless you can squeeze through an actual Constitutional Amendment and obtain the votes to pass it via the very few procedures allowed, then you're going to lose. Seeking redress through the courts is part of our democratic processes set forth in the Constitution. Don't like it? Tough. You're going to lose this one.

    July 9, 2013 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  10. Silence DoGood

    @just sayin "... jamming their gay religion down our throats "

    (sarcasm alert) Yes I thought it was just terrible when the police showed up at your house and dragged you out and forced you to get married in a gay ceremony.
    (reality alert) Or maybe you can thank your God that you live in a FREE country where you can marry whomever you wish, right?

    July 9, 2013 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  11. Sniffit

    "using the courts when the people have spoken"

    1. Civil rights are not up for a vote. One of the fundamental purposes of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights is to prevent the majority from singling out an "unpopular minority" for second-class status and discriminatory treatment that violates the rights guaranteed by the Constitution. Such votes have no meaning because you had no right to cast them in the first place.

    2. The Constitution created our court system. Exercising the right to seek the Court's opinion on matters such as these is at the very heart of our democracy. This is an exercise in democracy, not an effort to thwart it.

    July 9, 2013 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  12. scott

    Gay Marriages were never mention in the constitution. God says homosexuals will not see the kingdom of god, their corrupt and immoral ways are a sin against God and man. Marriage is between a man and women in the name of the lord, that is the way it is meant to be.

    July 9, 2013 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  13. Peoples State of Illinois

    The people vote, the left use courts to countermand the will of the people. Some democracy we live in. This country is only hailed as a democracy when the people's vote goes the way the left wishes, if the vote does not, then the left comes up with all kinds of excuses to get their way.

    July 9, 2013 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  14. California

    Everyone has the right to marry more than one person if they so choose.

    July 9, 2013 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  15. California

    It's really nice to see everyone backing and supporting traditional, same sex, polygamy and all other types of marraiges.

    No reason to be against any type unless you're a hateful bigoted person.

    CNN bigoted? It appears so.

    July 9, 2013 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  16. Lynda/Minnesota

    "Jamming gay religion down our throats"

    Good luck with that talking point. I would think the male (and perhaps female - depending on one's gender) mind-set has ways of shutting down "forcible gay religion" on their "straight" ... victims.

    July 9, 2013 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  17. Malory Archer

    it might be time to part ways

    It might just be time for an amicable parting of the ways in this country. It is clear our country has grown into two very different cultures with diametrically opposed viewpoints and belief systems. I believe sooner or later it will explode if this reality is not addressed in a civilized manner. Czeckoslovakia was broken up and so can't the USA. We are united no longer and we must come to grips with that reality.

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    How do you suggest we "divide it up"? The electoral map is a patchwork of red & blue. Additionally, the red "taker" states would starve to death without the blue "giver" states' tax dollars supporting them. Hey – I think I like your idea!

    July 9, 2013 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  18. Malory Archer

    scott

    Gay Marriages were never mention in the constitution. God says homosexuals will not see the kingdom of god, their corrupt and immoral ways are a sin against God and man. Marriage is between a man and women in the name of the lord, that is the way it is meant to be.

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    Marriage in general isn't mentioned in the Constitution. Additionally, religion has no place in governing in America. If you want to live in a theocracy move to Saudi Arabia or some other hell-hole where you can come to understand why religious oppression is wrong regardless of who is doing it!

    July 9, 2013 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  19. John in Brooklyn

    And so it begins...Now that the federal government is required to recognize the same-sex marriages conducted in states where it's legal, the next logical step is to file lawsuits against other states under the Full Faith and Credit clause of the constitution, which covers things like marriage recognition from state to state. Look out, Mississippi...you may not like same-sex marriages, but it won't be long before you will be forced to start recognizing the marriages of same-sex married couples who move to your state!

    July 9, 2013 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  20. Malory Archer

    scott

    Gay Marriages were never mention in the constitution. God says homosexuals will not see the kingdom of god, their corrupt and immoral ways are a sin against God and man. Marriage is between a man and women in the name of the lord, that is the way it is meant to be.

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    For starters, the Constitution says NOTHING about marriage. Secondly, according to the Constitution the United States is a secular nation so your christian rant is meaningless in the context of governing.

    July 9, 2013 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  21. Malory Archer

    scott

    Gay Marriages were never mention in the constitution. God says homosexuals will not see the kingdom of god, their corrupt and immoral ways are a sin against God and man. Marriage is between a man and women in the name of the lord, that is the way it is meant to be.

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    The Constitution says NOTHING about marriage. Additionally, the United States is a secular nation so your christian "morals" are meaningless in the context of governing.

    July 9, 2013 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  22. Silence DoGood

    @malory archer "God says homosexuals will not see the kingdom of god"

    ...then I strongly suggest, based on your personal beliefs, that you do not become homosexual. And let everyone else follow their own faith as well.

    July 9, 2013 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  23. it might be time to part ways

    Malory Archer
    it might be time to part ways
    It might just be time for an amicable parting of the ways in this country. It is clear our country has grown into two very different cultures with diametrically opposed viewpoints and belief systems. I believe sooner or later it will explode if this reality is not addressed in a civilized manner. Czeckoslovakia was broken up and so can't the USA. We are united no longer and we must come to grips with that reality.
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    How do you suggest we "divide it up"? The electoral map is a patchwork of red & blue. Additionally, the red "taker" states would starve to death without the blue "giver" states' tax dollars supporting them. Hey – I think I like your idea!
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    The red states produce far more food and fuel than the blue states. Not only will the blue states starve, they are likely to freeze to death in the winter. If they are lucky, the red states will ship them coal and oil to survive, at appropriately high prices of course because we need to protect our environment. Those large blue cities? It won't be pretty when they fed on each other, more than they do now.

    July 9, 2013 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |