Thursday, 09 October 2014 17:10

The Equal Marriage Was Upheld In Idaho And Nevada, Same-Sex Marriage Licenses Are Issued In Kansas, South Carolina, Virginia And Colorado

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Monday, 5 states legalized marriage equality. Today, others have been added to the list!

First, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco upheld the repeal of the ban on equal marriage in Idaho and Nevada!

"The lessons of our constitutional history are clear: Inclusion strengthens, rather than weakens, our most important institutions," Judge Stephen R. Reinhardt wrote in the three-judge panel's unanimous ruling. "When same-sex couples are married, just as when opposite-sex couples are married, they serve as models of loving commitment to all."

Idaho is likely to allow same-sex marriage this week. In Nevada, it will apparently take about two weeks but a county clerk has already announced that she would begin to issue marriage licenses this Wednesday.

And as reports The New York Times, this decision will lend impetus to marriage-ban challenges in Alaska, Arizona and Montana, which are also in the Ninth Circuit.

Finally, even if the marriage for same-sex couples is not yet legal in Kansas, know that a judge authorized the Johnson County clerk to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples as early as Wednesday.

"Citizens of Johnson County are asking for marriage licenses for same-sex couples and our district court clerks and judges are entitled to protection from laws that are unconstitutional," read the ruling from Judge Kevin Moriarty in Kansas.

Same thing in South Carolina, where a court has authorized the issuing of same-sex licenses. However, this decision could be halted by the Supreme Court of South Carolina as the Attorney General Alan Wilson said he would defend the ban.

Virginia and Colorado have also started issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples since the decision of the U.S. Supreme Court.

The Supreme Court of Colorado halted the equal marriage in July, and the Supreme Court of the United States did the same in the case of marriage equality in Virginia in August.