‘Trying to avoid this situation’ as they prepare to kiss: The Washington state bar association
The Washington State Bar Association is reviewing the state’s law governing marriage, after a federal judge ruled that same-sex couples can marry in Washington.
The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled in favor of same-gender couples who are barred from marrying, and the law now gives them a legal right to marry, the Washington State bar association announced Monday.
The decision by U.K. Supreme Justice Charles Bean to strike down the state law was welcomed by the bar association, which argued that it was a necessary step in protecting the rights of gay and lesbian couples to marry.
“The court did not strike down state marriage laws, but it did hold that same sex marriage violates the fundamental equality guaranteed by the United States Constitution,” the bar’s chief executive, Steve Kowalski, said in a statement.
“The state bar’s position is that the constitution guarantees same sex couples the right to wed.
The decision by the U. S. Supreme court in Windsor is another step forward toward ensuring that our nation respects the fundamental rights of all Americans.”
court ruled that gay couples cannot marry in the U, but the court did allow same- sex couples to do so.
It also struck down the Virginia law that required same- gender couples to register with the state to marry in that state.
In the Windsor case, the high court ruled 5-4 in favor for same- gay couples, allowing them to wed and extending the legal protections afforded them in the states’ bans on same- marriage.
In its decision, the court said the ban on same sex marriages violated the 14th Amendment to the U.,S.
Constitution, which guarantees equal protection to all Americans.
“For centuries, Americans have endured discrimination based on their sexual orientation or gender identity, including sexual orientation discrimination,” the court wrote.
“Such discrimination continues today, in a variety of forms, including denial of marriage licenses to same- and opposite-sex partners, denial of public benefits, and denial of access to education.”
In a statement, the bar said the ruling would not affect the rights and responsibilities of its membership and members, who can still perform marriages and other activities.
In a letter to the bar last week, the American Civil Liberties Union said it was pleased with the decision and that the ACLU would be “actively involved in defending the rights protected by the Windsor ruling.”
The ACLU said it supported the court’s decision because it said the right of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people to marry is at stake.
“Marriage is the bedrock of the American family,” ACLU senior staff attorney Lauren W. Cox said in the letter.
“It is an institution that binds us as a nation and that is under attack by this Court’s ruling.”