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May 12, 2005

U.S. Judge Rejects Neb. Gay-Marriage Ban

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(AP) -- A federal judge Thursday struck down Nebraska's ban on gay marriage, saying the measure interferes not only with the rights of gay couples but also with those of foster parents, adopted children and people in a host of other living arrangements.

The constitutional amendment, which defined marriage as a union between a man and a woman, was passed overwhelmingly by the voters in November 2000.

U.S. District Judge Joseph Bataillon said the ban "imposes significant burdens on both the expressive and intimate associational rights" of gays "and creates a significant barrier to the plaintiffs' right to petition or to participate in the political process."

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Posted by Hyscience at May 12, 2005 10:37 PM

Is Judge Bataillon so stupid as to believe that anyone would buy his argument, or is he so stupid as to believe it himself? See

Posted by: pbswatcher at May 14, 2005 2:03 PM

This judge's ruling should not surprise us. Many activist judges now sitting on the bench are completely uncaring about what "we the people" want and what the Constitution guarantees. Until we wise up and demand these judges uphold the Constitution we can only expect to slip further down the slippery slope we've been on for more than forty years. We must demand that our legislators impeach any and all judges who are bent on re-defining the intent of the Constitution and who are illegally making "laws" from the bench. This common practice is simply outside of the scope of their authority. That these activist judges have been so successful in promoting their agenda is ample proof that the checks and balances built into the Constitution is not being exercised by the legislative branch. We must petition Washington to reign in these judges and hold them accountable. What's happening in America in regards to these judges is clearly what our founding fathers feared would happen if they weren't held accountable. The judges are not the law nor do they make the law, but they have such a high opinion of themselves that many of them sincerely believe they are the law and can legislate from the bench. America needs to wake up and wise up. Somebody in Washington needs to demonstrate the fortitude to lead the charge to impeach these judges who have become a law unto themselves.

Posted by: Rev. Sam Greene at May 17, 2005 9:27 AM

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