Federal Appeals Court Upholds “Same-Sex Marriage” Ban

The 6th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in Ohio has upheld laws banning “same-sex marriage” in Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, and Tennessee.  This is the first federal appeals court to do so, and makes U.S. Supreme Court review of the issue more likely in the near future, most likely this term, which concludes at the end of June 2015.

Two of the three judges on the panel hearing the case wrote that defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman is not irrational, because marriage laws have been traditionally tied to the protection and upbringing of children in stable family structures.

The judges wrote specifically, “[a] dose of humility makes us hesitant to condemn as unconstitutionally irrational a view of marrige shared not long ago by every society in the world, shared by most, if not all, of our ancestors, and shared still today by a significant number of the states.” The full opinion can be read here.

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