Gay marriage in Arizona? 9th Circuit strikes down Nevada, Idaho ban

Gay marriage in Arizona? 9th Circuit strikes down Nevada, Idaho ban

A federal appeals court on Tuesday struck down gay marriage bans in Idaho and Nevada.

The San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that gay couples' equal protection rights were violated by the bans. Arizona is part of the San Francisco-based circuit, so its ruling would seem to apply to this state as well.

However, officials at the Arizona Attorney General's office and the Maricopa County Clerk of Appeals would only immediately say that they were reviewing the ruling.

Stephanie Grisham, a spokeswoman for Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne, said it is "premature" to direct county clerks to start issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Read more »

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Idaho, Nevada Gay Marriage Bans Struck Down By Federal Appeals Court

Idaho, Nevada Gay Marriage Bans Struck Down By Federal Appeals Court

A federal appeals court has struck down gay marriage bans in Idaho and Nevada.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco made the ruling Tuesday. It did not decide on a similar case in Hawaii, which legalized gay marriage in December.

State and federal court judges have been striking down bans at a rapid rate since a landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling last year. The 9th Circuit ruling comes a day after the Supreme Court effectively legalized gay marriage in 11 more states, for a total of 30, when it rejected a set of appeals. Read more »

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Arizona's same-sex marriage ban may fall soon

Arizona's same-sex marriage ban may fall soon

The future of Arizona's law banning same-sex couples from marrying is in the hands of a local judge who has indicated he thinks the restriction is unconstitutional and a California-based appeals court that is considered the most liberal in the nation.

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday announced it will not hear cases challenging marriage restrictions in five states, allowing to stand lower-court rulings declaring those restrictions unconstitutional. Same-sex couples can now — or will soon be able to — marry in 30 states.

"Same-sex marriage is going to be legal in Arizona a very short time from now," said Dan Barr, one of the attorneys representing same-sex couples in the lawsuits challenging Arizona's law. Read more »

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60 Percent Of Americans Soon Will Live In States With Marriage Equality

60 Percent Of Americans Soon Will Live In States With Marriage Equality

The Supreme Court on Monday set the United States on a historic civil rights path, paving the way for the majority of Americans to reside in states where same-sex marriage is legal.

The court declined to hear appeals from five states that were challenging lower-court rulings legalizing same-sex marriage. By passing on that debate, the court gave a final legal stamp of approval to marriage equality in five states: Indiana, Utah, Oklahoma, Virginia and Wisconsin. It also set the stage for legalization in six other states that also fall under the lower courts' jurisdiction: Colorado, Wyoming, West Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina. Read more »

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High court ruling may lead to gay marriage in 30 states

High court ruling may lead to gay marriage in 30 states

The Supreme Court refused to get involved in the national debate over same-sex marriage Monday, leaving intact lower court rulings that will legalize the practice in 11 additional states.

The unexpected decision by the justices, announced without further explanation, immediately affects five states in which federal appeals courts had struck down bans against gay marriage: Virginia, Indiana, Wisconsin, Oklahoma and Utah.

It also will bring along six other states located in the judicial circuits overseen by those appellate courts: North Carolina, South Carolina, West Virginia, Colorado, Kansas and Wyoming. Lower court judges in those states must abide by their appeals court rulings. Read more »

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Justice Scalia Teases Crowd Over Marriage Equality Decision

Justice Scalia Teases Crowd Over Marriage Equality Decision

At a speech before the University of Colorado this week, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia teased onlookers about when the court will take up a marriage case. 

"I know when," he told the crowd, when asked for a date. "But I'm not going to tell you." After the crowd became boisterous, he added, "soon, soon," and moved on.

The court is currently considering petitions from five different states, and could make a decision at some point in the next few weeks, or next few months. The vague timeline from the court has frozen litigation in some states, while lower courts wait for guidance from the justices.  Read more »

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Midterm elections poll: Social issues rank at bottom of voters’ priority lists

Midterm elections poll: Social issues rank at bottom of voters’ priority lists

 Heading toward the midterm elections, Democrats hold their strongest advantages on issues such as abortion or same-sex marriage, yet these same issues land near the bottom of voters’ priority lists, according to the latest Associated Press-GfK poll.

Asked in an open-ended question to name the most important issue currently facing the U.S., neither issue scored even 1 percent of responses. When asked how important each issue was personally, 43 percent of likely voters ranked abortion an important one, while 32 percent said that about same-sex marriage. Read more »

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