by Brig Bagley
3 September 2014
The very first case in over 20 Federal cases to uphold a ban on same-sex marriage concluded today. Federal Judge Martin Feldman ruled that the state has a "legitimate interest" in defining marriage through the democratic process, adding that same-sex marriage has only recently become a topic of discussion and is not by any means fundamental.
Feldman ruled that SSM proponents failed to show how the ban violates the 14th Amendment, due process, and equal protection. He agrees that the state has a right to define marriage.
The plaintiffs plan to appeal to the 5th District Court with Feldman's decision.
With this conflicting ruling, the chances of the US Supreme Court taking one of the related cases has just sky-rocketed.