The United States Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in 4 cases dealing with same-sex marriage. These cases began in Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky and Tennessee but have been consolidated before the Court into 1 case, which is known as Obergefell v Hodges.
Countless briefs have been filed and various legal rationales will be presented to the Court. However, the cases come down to 2 basic questions:
1. Is each state legally required to perform same-sex marriages?
2. Is each state legally required to honor same-sex marriages performed in other states?
Although the Court will hear from the lawyers on April 28, 2015, the Justices are not expected
to issue a ruling until June or the beginning of July, 2015.
Stay tuned.

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Same-Sex Marriage Now Legal in 70% of US States

by Beverly A. Pekala on March 30, 2015

The laws involving same-sex marriage in the US are ever changing, to say the least. You might think marriage would be a simple legal subject, but not so much. At least, not yet. While many expect this will change in the near future, for now here are the simple facts on a not-so-simple subject:
Same-sex marriage is legal in 70% of the states. These are:
Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming.
The following states do not permit same sex marriage:
Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota,Ohio, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas.
In addition to the states, the US has 5 territories, of which Puerto Rico is by far the largest with 3.5
million of the 4 million residents living in the territories. Gay marriage is not legal in any of the territories.
However, a lawsuit was filed in Puerto Rico seeking the right of same-sex couples to marry. The courtrejected same-sex marriage and that decision is now on appeal.
Stay tuned.

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US Supreme Court Returns. And Decides to Turn Away Same-Sex Marriage Cases.

October 6, 2014

Today is the First Monday in October. No, that’s not just the title of a movie (for those old enough to remember the movie). Each year the Supreme Court returns from summer vacation and begins a new term on the first Monday in October. Naturally, we anxiously await hearing which cases the Court will accept. Each year approximately 10,000 […]

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Which States Have Legal Same-Sex Marriage?

September 25, 2014

It’s confusing, right? People ask me which states have legalized gay marriage and if it’s not already legal,people would like to know when it is likely to become legal in their state.    The good news is I can answer the first question and tell you where it’s legal now:   19 states have legalized same-sex marriage. […]

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Same Sex Marriage

June 2, 2014

Today’s the day. Well, to be technical, yesterday was the day. Same-sex marriage became legal in each of Illinois’ 102 counties on June 1, 2014. But yesterday happened to be a Sunday, so today marriage licenses will begin to issue throughout the entire state and many same-sex couples are expected to tie the knot today. […]

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Would Legalizing Same-Sex Marriage Mean Millions for Illinois?

January 28, 2013

You bet.  And no one needs money more than the great state of Illinois. Just take a look at the millions projected to be made in Maryland, which legalized same-sex marriage last year. The Williams Institute conducted a study predicting that in a three year period weddings by Maryland couples would generate $40 to $64 million,with another $2.5 to $4 million in sales […]

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How Many States Recognize Civil Unions?

January 22, 2013

The answer is 8….at least, as of today. The states which recognize civil unions are: Delaware, Vermont, New Hampshire, Connecticut, New Jersey, Rhode Island, and Hawaii and Illinois. But not so fast. Like most laws, this isn’t as simple as it sounds. For example, in Vermont, same-sex marriage was passed in 2009, so civil unions are no […]

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Civil Unions in Arizona?

January 22, 2013

Maybe. Arizona State Senator Ed Ableser introduced a bill which would legally recognize civil unions in Arizona for same-sex as well as opposite sex couples.  This is the same type of law we now have in Illinois, which provides legal recognition of civil unions for both heterosexual couples as well as gay couples.  (And if you’re asking why […]

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What About Supporting Gay Marriage Because It’s Fiscally Responsible?

January 18, 2013

For some, gay marriage is about equality. For some, it’s about morality. For others still reviewing the issue, perhaps an idea worth considering is that gay marriage is fiscally wise. To state the obvious, Illinois is deeply in debt. And weddings are big business. Actually, weddings are beyond big, they’re huge. On average, couples spend $25,000 on the cost of a […]

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Where is Gay Marriage Legal?

January 7, 2013

So here’s your quiz for the day. Which states permit same-sex couples to marry? Here are the answers (and they’re not even written upside down): Connecticut, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Vermont, and Washington. So 9 states permit gay marriage, but don’t forget that the District of Columbia allows gay marriage, too.

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