Woohoo for Montana! A federal court judge ruled that, “The time has come for Montana to follow all the other states within the Ninth Circuit and recognize laws that ban same-sex marriage violate the constitutional right of same-sex couples to equal protection of the laws.”
Woohoo for South Carolina! A federal judge also ruled in favor of marriage equality on the grounds of “the Due Process Clause and Equal Protection Clause of the Fourth Amendment of the United States Constitution.” The Supreme Court then refused to issue a stay on that ruling while the state continues to squander taxpayer money in an appeal that equal protection isn’t really equal for everyone. Or whatever their logic is.
And so gay and lesbian couples have already been getting married in those states. I bet I know what those couples will be giving thanks for next week!
68.4% of people live in places where same-sex married couples have all the same state and federal rights as opposite-sex married couples.
31.6% of people live in places where same-sex marriages are not recognized by the state.