Many thousands of same-sex couples have gotten married in the United States; as a simple fact of modern life, a good number of them will get divorced. But many couples are finding that they’re “wedlocked”—they got married in a state where same-sex marriage is legal, but either live in or moved to a state where the practice is banned, and therefore cannot get a divorce.
With virtually no chance of passage in the current Congress, the Cruz-Lee bill appears to be motivated by politics.
A unanimous decision by the New Mexico Supreme Court makes the state the 17th in the country to recognize marriage equality.
It looks like the Roberts Court may take up the Hobby Lobby contraception challenge, while other federal appellate courts refuse to buy the argument that corporations can exercise religious beliefs.
For Justice Samuel Alito, the Defense of Marriage Act and workplace discrimination cases represent the coming together of two very real threats to him: advancing equality in society and advancing equality in the workplace.
The Supreme Court mostly settled the marriage equality question by striking DOMA and Prop 8 but refused to broadly recognize same-sex marriage rights.
As a likely swing vote in the upcoming marriage equality cases, Justice Kennedy may push the issue back to the states.
The Missouri Supreme Court could follow Kansas’ lead in recognizing legal protections for same-sex partnerships.