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State Lawyers Ignore Public Support for Marriage

By Matt Baume

The rules have changed yet again this week in Colorado, with new rulings on marriage from multiple courts. New polls show growing support for equality in western states, but multiple Attorneys General have filed new briefs to stop gay and lesbian couples from marrying. And another Republican member of Congress has come out in favor of the freedom to marry.

The good news in Colorado is that yet another court has ruled that the state’s marriage ban is unconstitutional. This comes in a case filed on July 1 by couples seeking to end the state’s enforcement of its marriage ban. Federal District Judge Raymond P. Moore ruled in their favor but imposed a stay of one month, giving state Attorney General John Suthers time to appeal.

But Suthers already has his hands full with marriage cases. Earlier this month, he asked a federal court to stop Boulder County Clerk Hillary Hall from issuing marriage licenses. This week the Colorado Court of Appeals denied that request, allowing the marriages to continue, but only in Boulder.

Wisconsin’s Attorney General, J. B. Van Hollen, has also been working to prevent couples from marrying. He filed a brief last week arguing that the U. S. Constitution can’t compel states to grant rights to its citizens. But a new survey in Wisconsin shows a sharp increase in support for the freedom to marry. According to the Marquette University poll, 56 percent of voters favor marriage equality, with just 37 percent opposed. Oral argument in the Wisconsin case has been rescheduled from August 13 to August 26.

Montana Attorney General Tim Fox also filed an anti-gay brief last week. Fox claims that singling out gay and lesbian couples under a discriminatory law doesn’t constitute second-class citizenship.

And attorneys for seven couples in North Dakota have filed a motion for summary judgement. North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem has said that he’ll defend the marriage ban.

There will be no marriages in Florida for now. Two weeks ago a judge ruled that the state’s marriage ban is unconstitutional, but last week followed up with a ruling that it must still be enforced pending appeal. But there’s also some good news: Florida Representative David Jolly has become the eight Republican member of Congress to endorse the freedom to marry.

And finally this week, a new study from the Williams Institute shows that marriage equality would add $180 million to the economy of Texas. A judge ruled last February that Texas’ marriage ban is unconstitutional. That ruling is on appeal to the Fifth Circuit.

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