A federal judge in Arizona has struck down that state’s gay marriage ban, and the US Supreme Court has turned away a request by Alaska officials seeking a stay of a federal court ruling striking down that state’s ban.
In an emergency application filed Wednesday, the groups' lawyers said the law would lead to 'massive confusion' among voters and would disenfranchise a disproportionate number of African-American and Latino voters.
Rulings by the Supreme and Ninth Circuit Courts last week vastly expanded gay marriage. Some states have adopted it, some are fighting, and some are in areas not directly addressed by the rulings. Here's a primer.
One week ago, same-sex couples could legally wed in 19 states, plus the District of Columbia. Today, that total stands at 29, with 35 states likely to be impacted as the legal implications of this week continue to ripple outward.
Between 2010 and 2012, black males between the ages of 15 and 19 were killed at a rate of 31.17 per million, according to an analysis by ProPublica. For white teenagers, the rate dropped to 1.47 deaths per million.
Hundreds of protesters gathered in St. Louis overnight after an off-duty police officer chased and shot a black high school student named Vonderrit Myers, Jr., whom police allege fired at the officer first.
The US Supreme Court’s order comes less than a month before the midterm elections, with North Carolina in the midst of a tight Senate race. Last week, an appeals court panel had blocked two of the voting measures.
The FBI crowdsourced a terrorist manhunt once before – the Boston bombing – with mixed results. But the public can be a powerful tool in helping to identify the North American-accented jihadi in an Islamic State video.
Kennedy issued an emergency stay Wednesday blocking enforcement of a judicial mandate that required same-sex marriages to begin this morning in Idaho and Nevada. He later issued a clarification that the stay applied only to Idaho – allowing marriages to go ahead in Nevada.
The day after the Supreme Court declined to take up same-sex marriage cases, effectively legalizing it in 11 states, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals struck down bans in Idaho and Nevada. Gay marriage is now, or soon will be, legal in 35 states.
Some analysts sorting through the tea leaves say the high court’s decision Monday not to take up a same-sex marriage case suggests that the four conservative justices could not be sure Justice Kennedy – the potential deciding vote – would join them.
In a surprise twist, the US Supreme Court chose not to review lower court rulings on gay marriage. Same-sex marriage is now legal in five states where appeals courts have struck down bans, with six more states soon to follow.