The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel that heard arguments on gay marriage bans or restrictions in Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky and Tennessee on Aug. 6 split 2-1, with Circuit Judge Jeffrey Sutton writing the majority opinion. The ruling creates a divide among federal appeals courts, increasing the likelihood the Supreme Court will now take up the issue.
The 64-page ruling cites the need to allow "change through the customary political processes," rather than through court cases. - CBS News
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By most estimations, it looks all but inevitable that gay marriage will be legal in all 50 states sooner rather than later. To use a lazily constructed metaphor, America, at times, can look like a train with its brake lines cut that's speeding toward Civil Rights Station. Its arrival is seems like as much of a guarantee as your parents remembering to DVR this week's Modern Family. In fact, it's hard to believe that anyone who exists outside of the realm of a YouTube comment section actually considers it an issue.
Samesex marriage in USA - Same-sex marriage - Wikimedia Commons
English (en): Legal status of same-sex marriage in the United States1
Same-sex marriage legal
Same-sex marriages performed elsewhere recognized
Same-sex marriage pending legalization, but not yet in effect2
Neither prohibition nor recognition of same-sex marriage or unions in territory law
Judicial ruling against same-sex marriage ban, stayed indefinitely pending appeal
Same-sex marriage ban contrary to federal appellate court precedent
Same-sex marriage banned3
1Native American tribal jurisdictions have laws pertaining to same-sex marriage independent of state law.
2 A ruling striking down Florida's same-sex marriage ban has been stayed until January 5, 2015. A ruling striking down Kansas's same-sex marriage ban has been stayed until November 11, 2014.
3 Same-sex marriage is legal in St. Louis, Missouri.