Federal Court to determine constitutional legality of gay marriage

It seems like it’s taken a long time for someone in the States to get up and do it, but someone seems to finally be ready to stand up in court and challenge the legality of banning same-sex marriage on a nationwide scale. The result of this trial should finally end the confusion the USA has had in it’s divided states. If it is voted unconstitutional to ban the marriage of two people of the same sex, any state that currently denies it will no longer be able to, effectively ending one of the biggest remaining prejudices in the States; this is, of course, if it is then argued and taken to the Supreme Court for one final showdown. If it’s voted constitutional, then my partner will be glad he’s in the UK now and doesn’t have to deal with a country that thinks it’s OK to treat people that way.

Proceedings opened on Monday with testimony from two plaintiffs in the case, Kristin Perry and Sandra Stier, who wed in California 2004 only to have their union later declared invalid.

Ms Stier said that being allowed to wed her partner would

provide me with a sense of inclusion in the social fabric of the society I live in.

I want our children to feel proud of us,” she told the court. “I don’t want them to worry about us.

Kristen Perry said:

I want it to happen to me. The state isn’t letting me feel happy.

Paul Katami and his partner Jeffrey Zarrillo described slights in gay life that ranged from being pelted with stones and eggs in college to the awkwardness of checking into a hotel and not being able to clarify the relationship.

Being able to call him my husband is so definitive,” Mr Katami said. “There is no subtlety to it. It is absolute.

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