Earlier this week, same-sex marriages commenced in Florida, the nation’s fourth most populous state. At this time, more than 70% of people in the United States live in a state which allows same-sex marriage. Same-sex marriage is allowed from Florida to Alaska and from Maine to Hawaii. Same-sex marriage is allowed in 36 states plus the District of Columbia. In addition, some counties in Missouri respect same-sex marriages conducted elsewhere
Beginning later this week, the 5th Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals will consider cases appealing district court decisions striking bans in Texas, Mississippi, and Louisiana.
Also beginning later this week, the U.S. Supreme Court will consider whether to grant writs of certiorari in DeBoer v. Snyder and other cases in which the 6th Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals broke with other federal courts of appeals and upheld bans on gay marriage. The 6th Circuit upheld bans in Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Tennessee. Prior to that ruling, the 4th, 7th, 9th, and 10th Circuits had all struck the bans in the states which they cover. The split in the circuits may prompt the Supreme Court to take up the issue which it had sidestepped in the past.
We will see how these cases develop.
Stephen C. Hartnett, J.D., LL.M.
Associate Director of Education
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