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Monday, November 17, 2014

Marriage News Watch, November 17, 2014

The official summary:
More victories this week. Marriage has started in Kansas, and a judge has overturned a ban in South Carolina but you still can't get married there yet. The lawyer who got DOMA overturned is now taking on Mississippi's marriage ban. And a few states are taking a closer look at overturning marriage bans at the ballot or in the legislature, just in case the Supreme Court doesn't come through for us.

Thirty-what? I can't keep track, it's happening so fast. Here's Wikipedia's most recent map:

  Same-sex marriage legal2
  Same-sex marriage performed elsewhere recognized
  Same-sex marriage legalization pending3
  No prohibition or recognition of same-sex marriage
  Judicial ruling(s) overturning a same-sex marriage ban stayed indefinitely pending appeal
  Same-sex marriage banned contrary to federal circuit precedent
  Same-sex marriage banned

1Native American tribal jurisdictions have laws pertaining to same-sex marriage independent of state law.
2 Same-sex marriage is legal in St. Louis, Missouri.
3 A ruling striking down Florida's same-sex marriage ban has been stayed until January 5, 2015. A ruling striking down South Carolina's same-sex marriage ban has been stayed until November 20, 2014.

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