The Florida Supreme Court agreed on Wednesday that it will decide if the Florida gay marriage ban is unconstitutional.
The state’s 2nd District Court of Appeals asked Florida’s highest court to settle the issue due to “great public importance.”
It looks like Indiana and Wisconsin could be the next states to legalize gay marriage. Judges heard arguments defending the gay marriage bans in both states on Tuesday. One of the judges, a Republican appointee, even compared the bans to laws that once prevented interracial marriage.
A federal appeals court denied a request on Wednesday to stay a decision by a judge made last month that clears the way for gay marriage in Virginia. That means same-sex couples could be tying the knot as soon as August 20th.
[Editor's note: The first part of the article below reports the news of a judges decision to uphold the ban on gay marriage in Tennessee. The second part of this article is the author's opinion. The latter is distinctly marked as such.]
A Tennessee judge has ruled that the state’s ban on gay marriage and that the constitution of the United States does not protect a same-sex couple’s right to get married.
With all of the recent court rulings and pending cases around the country, most people aren’t sure what the state of gay marriage is in the United States. Currently gay marriages can legally be performed in the District of Columbia and 19 states. Those states are: California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington.
However, it looks like several others might soon join in on the marriage equality sweep. Several cases challenges gay marriage bans are being heard this month.
Seattlepi.com has a good breakdown of the current state of gay marriage lawsuits on their website. Here’s how it looks: