showme saidA federal court judge nominated by Mitch McConnell (R) and appointed by George H.W. Bush(R) has ruled that Kentucky's ban on recognizing valid same-sex marriages from other jurisdictions is unconstitutional. Maybe it won't be so bad moving there after all.
The dominoes sure are falling quickly.
"Article IV, Section 1:
Full faith and credit shall be given in each state to the public acts, records, and judicial proceedings of every other state. And the Congress may by general laws prescribe the manner in which such acts, records, and proceedings shall be proved, and the effect thereof."
I have never understood why "we" didn't start here to begin with. If any state can ignore or, as in this case, simply "annul" by plebiscite the "public acts, records" of any other, where would that leave us? How would business work, if a contract made in Missouri with a business in California were invalid?
Yes, I know the Full Faith and Credit Clause has been "detrimentally" interpreted by SCOTUS over the last few decades, but "reciprocity" can be a wonderful weapon: What if those states with SSM laws "ruled" (by Executive Order of the Governor) that they would no longer recognize the opposite sex marriages of any other state? Or any marriage, for that matter? That is, that you would have to get re-married every time you moved states?
This judge didn't "quite" come this close, or take this route, but I don't see how this is not to be our endgame: SCOTUS must eventually rule that the FF&C Clause applies as marriage must be, under the law, a "public act and record" of an individual state.