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.
In a somewhat unusual move, a Florida court directly referred a case involving the divorce of a same-sex couple to the state Supreme Court. The high court's decision could make Florida the 20th state to legalize gay marriage.
Two federal appeals courts have struck down similar same-sex marriage bans in Utah, Oklahoma, and Virginia. The process sets the groundwork for an expected ultimate resolution at the US Supreme Court, as early as next year.