Monday, January 5, 2015

Gay Marriage in the USA -- 01/05/15

The gay weddings began in Florida today, which made this seem like a good day for an update on the status of same-sex marriage in the USA:

As of today, 34 states plus Washington DC issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples and recognize our marriages from other areas: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

Then there are the more complicated states. Missouri allows same-sex marriage in the city of St. Louis, plus St. Louis County and Jackson County. The state of Missouri recognizes marriage performed in each of these three jurisdictions. The rest of the state is halted by a judicial stay. Several counties in Kansas issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, but the state government refuses to recognize these marriage. Finally, a federal court in Florida overturned that state's ban on same-sex marriage until the end of today. However, that stay was overturned in Miami. The rest of the state will begin marrying gays and lesbians tomorrow. That said, Florida's executive government plans to continue fighting against its newly married citizens in federal court.

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