The 3 state same-sex marriage ban will face formal challenges in the federal court. The 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals will hear arguments for and against gay marriage bans in Idaho and Nevada Monday. However, a third case will probably be dismissed.
The three states which have banned same sex marriages are Idaho, Nevada, and Hawaii. The 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals has set aside two hours of arguments about the bans and whether it should be struck down in Idaho and Nevada. Hawaii has already legalized same sex marriage and thus the third appeal will be dismissed. The appeals court had previously ruled in favor of same sex marriage.
The issue of Gay marriages is a contentious and often divisive issue. While the advocates of the ban cite every reason they could conjure from biblical references to Mother Nature which favors opposite sex unions for procreation. It is in the interest of every one to encourage marriage between a man and a woman.
Opponents of the ban counter by saying that there is no data which supports the childbearing data. The world population has increased and Gay marriages have not had any impact on it. They also cite the prohibition as unconstitutional and go against the very tenet of democracy and freedom for which the nation stood.
Same-sex wedding proponents have scored a number of victories at the federal court level. Same-sex marriage bans in Indiana and Wisconsin have been struck down by a federals appeals court in Chicago on Thursday.
The judge wrote, “The three-judge panel of the Seventh US Circuit Court of Appeals voted unanimously to invalidate the state bans, as well as measures that barred recognition of same-sex marriages performed in other states,”
More than 20 federal judges have last year ruled that state bans on same sex marriages are unconstitutional. The only exception was US District Judge Martin Feldmen who upheld Louisiana’s ban on same-sex marriages.