Friday, October 10, 2014

As of 10/06/14, There are Now 26 Marriage Equality States Plus Washington DC -- With More Pending!! // Updates Below!!

There have been so many federal court cases floating around these days that I've largely stopped writing about them. It's the same story most of the time. A series of same-sex couples are denied the ability to marry each other. They file federal court challenges. They are successful and their state's constitutional amendment barring same-sex marriage is struck down. That decision is stayed. Their state government appeals to a federal appeals court. And the cycle is repeated.

Until today.

Earlier today, the U.S. Supreme Court decided that it was not going to consider a series of cases involving the states of Virginia, Indiana, Wisconsin, Oklahoma, and Utah. It turns out that another series of cases involving North Carolina, South Carolina, West Virginia, Colorado, Kansas, and Wyoming have also gotten folded into this decision.

Gay marriages have already begun in Virginia, Indiana, Wisconsin, Colorado, Oklahoma, Virginia, Utah. Not only that, but Missouri decided they will stop fighting a case that required them to recognize an out-of-state gay marriage. South Carolina has decided to keep up the fight, as has Kansas. West Virginia and Wyoming are still up in the air. North Carolina won't see any gay weddings for at least ten days. So it's still a bit of a jumbled mess.

That said, there were 19 marriage equality states (plus Washington DC and various Native American tribes) yesterday. As of today, there are now 26 marriage equality states -- with five others in the wings plus Missouri!

Note: This post was edited on 10/07/14 to update some links.

Updated on 10/07/14: It occurred to me this evening that I should share this bit of gay marriage news. The Ninth Circuit Court struck down constitutional marriage bans within the states of Nevada and Idaho earlier today. As far as I'm aware, there are no gay weddings happening yet within either of those states. Still, it's pretty exciting news!

It makes one wonder which state's gay marriage ban will fall tomorrow...

Updated on 10/08/14: So here are the developments as far as I can tell right now...

Gay couples have been marrying now in Kansas, South Carolina (though the state Attorney General is still fighting to stop them), and North Carolina.

Nevada currently has a stay on any new gay weddings (despite earlier news), as does Idaho.

Updated on 10/09/14: This is why I hate these types of updates -- too many back and forth updates!!

A judge has stopped new marriage licenses from being issued to same-sex couples in South Carolina. And they fight continues in Wyoming.

Gay weddings have resumed in Nevada. And West Virginia has stopped fighting marriage equality and has begun issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

Personally, if I were part of a gay couple living in Nevada or Wyoming or South Carolina or wherever else the state is still fighting marriage equality, I wouldn't rush out to get a marriage license until everything is settled. It's a waste of your time, money, and emotions as everything gets batted around. IMHO, as always!

Updated on 10/10/14: Here is my final update for the week on this thread:

Same-sex couples are now marrying in Idaho. Plus North Carolina is also allowing gay marriage -- though I thought that'd already happened!!

I've been told that there are now 29 marriage equality states plus Washington DC. I will do the math a bit later to confirm that. But things are definitely moving!

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