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As the dominoes fall in favor of same-sex marriages, the question now seems to be which state will be the last to allow such unions? That's assuming, of course, that the U.S. Supreme Court doesn't get there first by this June, when it is expected to issue its ruling on such bans in four states this spring.
Georgia is one of just three states with no legislative action or pending legal decisions whatsoever on same-sex marriage. The others are North Dakota and Nebraska. However, lawsuits are pending to overturn the state's 2004 ban.
A decade ago, a federal court ruled than an amendment banning same-sex marriages was unconstitutional. But the decision was short-lived. An appeals court reinstated the ban. Rights groups have filed legal challenges.
Same-sex couples are challenging the state's ban in U.S. District Court, but a federal judge issued a ruling on January 20 delaying the proceedings until after the U.S. Supreme Court rules.
Last year, a U.S. District Court judge ruled that the state's constitutional amendment banning gay marriages had no "legitimate purpose." The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit later overturned the ruling, reinstating gay marriage bans in Kentucky and four other states. The Kentucky ban is part of the U.S. Supreme Court case scheduled for arguments in April and a decision by June.
A U.S. District Court judge ruled last year that the state's same-sex marriage ban was unconstitutional, resulting in the issuance of more than 300 marriage licenses. That ended when the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit granted a stay. The court later reinstated Michigan's ban in the same ruling that reinstated Kentucky's ban. Its fate will be decided by the Supreme Court decision due by June.
originally posted by: purplemer
a reply to: Krazysh0t
Well needed change. It no one elses business if two peeps of the same sex want to get married..
on a lighter note.. :-)
MOSCOW, ID - The first same-sex marriage licenses in Idaho were issued in Latah County, but now, six of those couples are finding out their marriage is no longer recognized by the state.