More marriage news: ID &NV marriage bans ruled unconstitutional

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that marriage bans in Idaho and Nevada were unconstitutional. A three judge panel, with Judge Stephen Reinhardt writing the ruling, applied additional scrutiny to the discrimination faced by LGBT couples.

A part of the ruling:

We hold that the Idaho and Nevada laws at issue violate the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment because they deny lesbians and gays who wish to marry persons of the same sex a right they afford to individuals who wish to marry persons of the opposite sex, and do not satisfy the heightened scrutiny standard we adopted in SmithKline.

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