The Supreme Court refused to take up any of the cases regarding same-sex marriage, which means lower court rulings permitting marriage will stand in 5 states, and will also cover 6 additional states in the same judicial circuits. Exactly how soon marriages can begin in each of those states is still unclear, but Virginia is one that’s beginning today, in quite a gracious fashion. Here’s their Attorney General, Mark Herring:
“A new day has dawned, and the rights guaranteed by our Constitution are shining through.
All Virginians have the constitutional right to be treated fairly and equally, to have loving, committed relationships recognized and respected, and to enjoy the blessings of married life. We should all be proud that our fellow Virginians helped lead us forward.
This is a tremendous moment in Virginia history. We will continue to fight discrimination wherever we find it, but today, we celebrate a moment when we move closer to fulfilling the promise of equality ignited centuries ago in Virginia, and so central to the American experience.”
Congratulations to all the couples in Virginia who have already gotten married today, and best wishes to all the couples in those 11 states who can now choose for themselves whether to marry.
64.4% of people live in places where same-sex married couples have all the same state and federal rights as opposite-sex married couples.
0.9% of people live in places where civil unions or domestic partnerships offer state-level rights only.
34.7% of people live in places which do not offer any mechanism for gay and lesbian couples to obtain legal recognition of their relationships.