TX judge strikes down gay marriage ban

Federal Judge Orlando Garcia in the deeply-conservative state of Texas has ruled the state’s ban on gay marriage to be unconstitutional, arguing the ban as no “legitimate governmental purpose” and demeans their dignity.  Judge Garcia has stayed his decision until it makes its way through the lengthy and expensive appeals process.

“Without a rational relation to a legitimate governmental purpose, state-imposed inequality can find no refuge in our United States Constitution,” Garcia wrote in his decision.  “These Texas laws deny plaintiffs access to the institution of marriage and its numerous rights, privileges, and responsibilities for the sole reason that Plaintiffs wish to be married to a person of the same sex.”

Texas is the latest in a growing list of states that have finally decided to embrace true freedom and remove arbitrary and nonsensical bans on certain marriages.  Judges in Utah, Virginia and Oklahoma have ruled similarly, all decisions that await legal appeals.  The Supreme Court will likely be the deciding factor.

Read more from the Houston Chronical: http://www.chron.com/news/article/Texas-ban-on-gay-marriage-ruled-unconstitutional-5270241.php

Libertarian Laura Delhomme to end state income tax, rules on marriage, drugs

969899_10151613204987726_2031601185_nLibertarian Laura Delhomme, who is running for delegate in Virginia’s 47th district, aims to end the state income tax, enact marriage equality, end the failed War on Drugs and remove state restrictions on means of transportation.

“Taxes are too high,” Delhomme said in a debate with her opponent, Democrat Patrick Hope. “That’s because Virginia’s state spending is too high. I want to reduce both.”

Earlier this year, the legislature and governor passed a massive tax increase with the support of both Republicans and Democrats, including Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell.

“If elected, I will file a budget bill that cuts state spending immediately by 25 percent or more,” she said. “That will allow us to end the income tax and give back, on average, more than $3,400 to each Virginia household — every year!”

Delhomme vows to file a bill to end marijuana prohibition in Virginia.

“By establishing drug prohibition, our government has taken a modest problem and turned it into a huge problem,” she said. “Now we have to deal with drug gangs and black markets, and taxpayers have to pay to keep thousands of people in jail. I want to end this nonsense. Ending marijuana prohibition will make our neighborhoods safe; respect the rights of peaceful, responsible marijuana users; and keep taxes down.”

Delhomme said that unnecessary state involvement in transportation drives up costs, reduces choice, creates congestion, and provides opportunities for corruption. The solution, she argued, is more free-market initiative.

“I oppose regulations that restrict the supply of taxis and restrictions against private buses and jitney services,” she said. “More transportation alternatives will make it easier and cheaper to get around, and it will create much-needed jobs.”

Delhomme aims to fund any necessary transportation projects, such as new roads or rail systems, by cutting government waste, not raising taxes.

“If elected, I would not raise any taxes, including fees, to pay for transportation solutions,” she said. “If more money is to be spent on transportation, I would get those funds by cutting spending on other programs.

“The state has more than enough money, and taxes are already too high,” she continued. “We need to end the habit of dumping high costs on taxpayers. This will keep more money in their pockets to take care of their families and will force lawmakers to cut government waste.”

To learn more, visit Laura Delhomme’s campaign website or Facebook page.

New Jersey to allow gay marriage

Republican governor Chris Christie lost his bid to delay gay marriage in his state as the New Jersey State Supreme Court ruled unanimously that marriages between two same-sex partners can begin October 21st.

A lower state court had previously ruled that the state must allow same-sex marriages.  Anti-marriage-freedom governor Christie requested a stay of the decision.

The court’s decision is a victory for freedom-loving Americans who recognize that governments have no legitimate place regulating who can marry.  Treating all people equal under the law is a tenant ingrained in the culture of the United States, even though several states stubbornly remain in control of the social issue.

New Jersey becomes the thirteenth state to officially recognize same sex marriages.

 

In 5-4 decision, Supreme Court rules DOMA unconstitutional

In a sharply divided and much anticipated case, the highest court in the land ruled that the Defense of Marriage act – a piece of legislation that defines marriage as a “heterosexual union” –  is unconstitutional because it denies same-sex couples government benefits that heterosexual couples already enjoy.

12 states have now amended their own statues to allow for same sex marriage, and coupled with the Supreme Court ruling on the federal Defense of Marriage Act, our nation is finally on its path of protecting equal rights among all of its law-abiding citizens regardless of sexual orientation.

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