Same-Sex Couples Across the US Marry After Landmark Supreme Court Non-Decisiong

How deeply amazing. I am buzzing. Tears of joy. They fight off any worries I have going on in my life today. What a silver lining! I look at the states still holding back, like Idaho (who will likely allow marriage before the end of the year) and my own state of Missouri (which declared this past Friday that they will recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states). I look at these hold backs and I wonder how they will feel in a decade to know that they were on the wrong side of history. WIll they be ashamed? I would imagine so. Never the less, this is a high and holy week. Love is prevailing. As it always will in the end.

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Same-Sex Couples Across the US Marry After Landmark Supreme Court Non-Decisiong
One State Remains Defiant Against SCOTUS Ruling

by Ryan Gorman
Original Article Here

Same-sex couples in multiple states across America are getting married after Monday morning’s landmark Supreme Court decision to not hear same-sex marriage cases.

The nation’s highest court paved the way for legalized gay marriages in 11 states Monday by voting against hearing petitions of lower court decisions that struck down laws restricting the unions.

Same-sex marriage licenses are already being issued in Colorado, Indiana, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin, and are expected to soon begin in Kansas, North Carolina, South Carolina, West Virginia and Wyoming.

Pictures from those states showed joyous couples lining up to have their applications processed.

Many shed tears of joy as they were married, others smiled from ear to ear.

County clerks in Wyoming were reportedly declining marriage license applications Monday afternoon or insisting they did not know how to process them. Officials in “The Equality State” defiantly insisted their ban remained legal, according to reports.

Laramie County is neither accepting nor denying the applications. Rather, it is putting them into a pending status while waiting for the legal situation to be sorted out.

Wyoming’s justification for not recognizing the applications is on the grounds it’s state constitution clearly defines marriage as between a man and a woman. The stipulation was originally made during the state’s founding in order to prevent polygamy.

Legal experts believe an injunction will have to be granted by a federal court in order for same-sex marriages in the state to proceed.

Monday’s non-decision came 16 years to the day that Matthew Shepard, a 21-year-old college student, was tortured in Wyoming for being gay. He died six days later.

It is not clear when marriage licenses will be issued to couples in the other states.

A total of 30 states, plus the District of Columbia, now have legalized same-sex marriage. The remaining 20 states have constitutional bans on the unions.

Photog Trent Nelson captures the first gay couple married in Utah
Photog Trent Nelson captures the first gay couple married in Utah

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Derek Kitchen and Moudi Sbeity of Utah

Mazel tov to Craig Bowen and Jake Miller,  the first gay couple married in Indianapolis today
Mazel tov to Craig Bowen and Jake Miller, the first gay couple married in Indianapolis

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Sherri Ault, right, and Leslie McWilliams hug after getting married at the Salt Lake County clerk’s office in Salt Lake City.

Second gay couple to get marriage license in Richmond --  'We didn't even change clothes' says guy in flip-flops
Second gay couple to get marriage license in Richmond. “We didn’t even change clothes” says man in flip-flops

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