December 1, 2014
Justice continues to roll like a river towards marriage equality in the United States. On Tuesday, November 25th, yet another U.S. District Judge ruled in favor of equality and struck down Mississippi’s ban on same-sex marriage since it is in violation of the United States Constitution.
It is clear that momentum continues to build for equal treatment under the law, as the Mississippi ruling came just hours after a federal judge in Arkansas struck down that state’s anti-equality posture towards marriage. A similar ruling may be in the works in Texas too.
However, not all courts have recognized the unconstitutionality of prohibitions against same-sex marriage. In September of this year, a Louisiana district court judge upheld that state’s ban on such marriages. Nevertheless, while the Louisiana ruling is certainly unjust, it increases the likelihood that marriage equality will be finally be taken up by the United States Supreme Court. Coming before that court is not without peril, but the momentum towards equality clearly has the lioness’ share of support in the nation’s federal district courts, and that is something the Supreme Court cannot easily ignore. And that is something we can be thankful for. May justice roll on!