Issue Of Gay Marriages Rocks State And Federal Structure In The US

Issue Of Gay Marriages Rocks State And Federal Structure In The US

A judgement by the US Supreme Court on the constitutional validity of gay marriages by some states like Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky and Tennesee is believed to have profound impact on same-sex marriages in the US, but is expected to come in the last week of June.

The court's verdict is supposed to decide on the validity of the ban on same-sex marriages enforced by some states in the US. Alabama Attorny General Luther Strange said the final judgment is going to decide the legality of the ban imposed by some states on same-sex marriages.

Strange said the Supreme Court is believed to take a clear-cut stand on the issue. It is not supposed to leave any ambiguity about same-sex marriages. But it is always possible for the court to take a different route on the controversial topic.

The earlier laws stated in this context by the US 6th Circuit court dealing with a man-woman marriage are quite valid, said Strange. Alabama's ban on gay marriages was declared unconstitutional by a federal judge in a judgement delivered on January 23. In view of this, a few marriage licenses were issued to some gay couples, but the Alabama Supreme Court stopped them from being executed by issuing an order against them.

The ban imposed on same-sex marriages has been mired with controversy. Judges from different states have been giving different judgments on the issue.

There is a debate on whether all states have to follow the judgments made in one particular context. The point to be noted is that the state supreme court is not in any manner bound to follow all the judgments made by the federal supreme court.

 

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