Monday, September 8, 2014

Long term love

This past Saturday Vivian Boyack and Alice Dubes were married in Iowa. So what makes this newsworthy? Boyack is 91 and Dubes is 90 and they've been together 72 years. One of the guests was Jerry Yeast. He did yardwork for them when he was a teen. He's now 73.

That strange and bigoted ruling in Louisiana that upheld the state's same-sex marriage ban will be appealed to the 5th Circuit Court. There will either be an eventual conflict between the District and 5th Circuit rulings or between the 5th Circuit and 4th, 7th, and 10th Circuits (the 9th Circuit heard Idaho, Nevada, and Hawaii cases today). Court watchers say either scenario should prompt the Supremes to take the case.

From an editorial in The Times of Shreveport, Louisiana:
Same-sex marriage bans have no reasonable place in today's society because they are based almost solely on traditional or religious prejudices. While the court's failure to acknowledge that in this case is certainly disappointing, it is not the end of the debate. Appeals already have been filed.

Thirty big corporations that operate across several states have asked the Supremes to take up the same-sex marriage case coming from Virginia and the 4th Circuit. The legal uncertainty of differing and shifting marriage laws are a burden to business. There are unnecessary costs, administrative complexity, problems with recruiting workers, and a workplace where workers have to be treated differently, which affects morale.

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