November 7th, 2014

The march toward gay marriage across the U.S. hit a roadblock Thursday when a federal appeals court upheld laws against the practice in four states, creating a split in the legal system that increases the chances the Supreme Court will step in to decide the issue once and for all.

The cases decided were from Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky and Tennessee.

Breaking ranks with other federal courts around the country, the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 2-1 that states have the right to set rules for marriage and that changing a definition that dates to “the earliest days of human history” is better done through the political process, not the courts.

“Surely the people should receive some deference in deciding when the time is ripe to move from one picture of marriage to another,” said Circuit Judge Jeffrey Sutton, writing for himself and a fellow George W. Bush appointee, while a Bill Clinton appointee dissented.

The ruling ran counter to a remarkably rapid string of victories for the gay rights movement over the past few months that have now made same-sex marriage legal in at least 30 states.

From The Associated Press: Gay marriage ruling means high court review likely.


  1. Reina says:

    What does this have to do with buckeye nuts?

  2. Jeff Hess says:

    Good morning Reina,

    First, thank you for stopping in, for reading and, most importantly, for taking the time to enter the discussion by writing a comment. We build our communities with our conversations.

    The headline is a bit of an inside joke.

    I grew up along the Ohio River and my father was from West Virginia and my mother was from Ohio; or as we say, a mixed marriage.

    There is a friendly joking that goes on along the river and Ohio/West Virginian jokes are popular.

    For instance, my father was fond of saying that when he moved from Fairmont, West Virginia to Marietta, Ohio, he raised the IQ in both states.

    The nickname for Ohioans is Buckeyes. West Virginians are found of remarking that the nickname is appropriate because the poisonous Buckeyes are worthless nuts.

    I chose the headline because the story is about how stupid we Ohioans/Buckeyes can be. For the record, I was more than a little ashamed that Ohio fought the rights of GLBTQ citizens so hard for so many years.



    p.s. what brought you to the story?

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