“Another federal appeals court has struck down state bans on same-sex marriage, this time in Idaho and in Nevada,” the AP reports.
The U.S. Court of Appeals in San Francisco delivered its judgment just one day after the U.S. Supreme Court ” let stand appeals court rulings allowing same-sex marriage in five states.” All three judges on the appeals court panel were appointed by Democratic presidents. Bill Clinton appointed Judges Marsha S. Berzon and Ronald M. Gould, and Jimmy Carter appointed Stephen R. Reinhardt, who wrote the decision.
In the ruling, the court determined “that laws that treated people differently based on sexual orientation were unconstitutional unless there was a compelling government interest.”
Wrote Reinhardt: “Idaho and Nevada’s marriage laws, by preventing same-sex couples from marrying and refusing to recognize same-sex marriages celebrated elsewhere, impose profound legal, financial, social and psychic harms on numerous citizens of those states.”