30 states now in legal fight over gay marriage

North Dakota is now the only one with a ban not facing a challenge.


State marriage bans have been falling around the country since the U.S. Supreme Court last year struck down part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act.

Oregon and Pennsylvania were the latest to join the list, when federal judges struck down their bans last week and officials decided not to appeal.

Federal lawsuits were filed this week in Montana and South Dakota.

In Idaho, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday granted the state’s request for a stay pending appeal of a judge’s order to lift the ban on gay marriage. This replaced a temporary stay granted May 15.

U.S. District Magistrate Judge Candy W. Dale struck down a 2006 voter-approved ban on May 13, saying it unconstitutionally denies gay couples the right to marry. The order was…Continue reading on The Idaho Statesman



Same-sex marriage in the United States

“Same-sex marriage is legally recognized in some jurisdictions within the United States and by the federal government. Nineteen states and the District of Columbia have legalized same-sex marriage. Eight Native American tribal jurisdictions issue marriage licenses for same-sex couples. Limited recognition has been granted to out-of-state same-sex marriages in Alaska,Colorado, Missouri,and Ohio.Same-sex marriages performed in Utah before the stay was issued are set to be recognized by June 9, 2014.Since the Supreme Court of the United States struck down in United States v. Windsora portion of a law barring federal recognition of same-sex marriage…”
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