Oct 14, 2014

The State by State March of Same-Sex Marriage Continues: Why Did the U.S. Supreme Court Deny Hearing Same-Sex Marriage?

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We are beginning the week with yet another lower federal court ruling concerning same-sex marriage recognition and licensing by a state.  This time it was a federal court in Alaska that overturned that state's legal ban of same-sex marriage first adopted, along with Hawaii, in 1998.  This week in October, a federal district court in Alaska ruled the state's constitutional denial of same-sex marriage licenses and recognition a violation of the due process and equal protection clauses of the U.S. Constitution.  The 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution contains these clauses that are directed towards the states and goes as follows:
All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the state wherein they reside. No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.

Why did the U.S. Supreme Court Deny Hearing Same-Sex Marriage?