The decision is the first from a federal appeals court to rule in support of state same-sex marriage bans since the Supreme Court’s decision striking down the Defense of Marriage Act in 2013.
GOP candidates running in blue-leaning states used pro-LGBT plugs to moderate their image; meanwhile, the Democrats largely remained silent as they played defense in red states.
Marriage equality gains across the country have created significant divisions within the Republican Party, with right-wing activists threatening to leave the party and actively campaign against some lawmakers over their support for same-sex marriage.
Tuesday the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals struck two more state-level same-sex marriage bans, setting the stage for marriage equality in at least 35 states.
Monday’s Supreme Court order denying review of seven same-sex marriage cases may not be as emotionally satisfying as a pro-equality ruling, but it has a similar effect nonetheless.
The decision conflicts with an earlier federal court ruling declaring Louisiana’s ban constitutional.
On Wednesday, a federal court in Louisiana became the first to rule against marriage equality since Windsor. Is the decision an outlier or a sign of trouble ahead at the Supreme Court?
The Obama administration announced another change to the religious accommodation to the birth control benefit, and predictably conservatives hate it.
The one-page order almost guarantees the Supreme Court takes up the question of marriage equality next term.
A federal appeals court decision is set to take effect this week, unless the Roberts Court grants an emergency request by attorneys for Virginia to stay that decision striking down the state’s ban on same-sex marriage.