John M. Becker

Marriages to Resume in Wisconsin, Virginia

Filed By John M. Becker | October 06, 2014 11:30 AM | comments

Filed in: Marriage Equality, Politics
Tags: gay marriage, marriage equality, same-sex marriage, SCOTUS, Supreme Court, Virginia, Wisconsin

wedding_rings.jpgToday's Supreme Court decision not to take up any of the marriage equality cases on its docket allows lower court rulings in favor of same-sex marriage to stand in Wisconsin, Indiana, Virginia, Utah, and Oklahoma. This brings the freedom to marry to those states, and shortly thereafter to all states in the Fourth, Seventh, and Tenth Circuits.

Officials in Dane County (home of Madison), Wisconsin and the state of Virginia are now saying that same-gender couples will be able to marry as soon as today.

The AP reports:

The Dane County clerk in Madison says he will begin issuing marriage licenses immediately to same-sex couples who want them. Dane County Clerk Scott McDonald said Monday that he was ready to start issuing licenses to couples after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected Wisconsin's appeal in its gay marriage case.

The Supreme Court rejected appeals from Indiana, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin, paving the way for same-sex marriages to begin in those states and elsewhere.

Outagamie County, home of Appleton, will also issue licenses this afternoon, as are Milwaukee and Waushara Counties.

And Mark Herring, Virginia's Democratic Attorney General, adds via Twitter:

UPDATE: J.B. Van Hollen, Wisconsin's anti-gay Republican Attorney General, has conceded defeat, according to the AP:

Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen had filed Wisconsin's appeal in hopes of preserving a 2006 state constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage.

His spokeswoman issued a statement Monday saying the Department of Justice made every attempt to defend the state constitution but acknowledged gay marriage is now legal.

MORE UPDATES AFTER THE BREAK.

The ACLU in North Carolina will ask a federal judge to strike down that state's marriage discrimination amendment immediately, in light of today's Supreme Court action in the Fourth Circuit.

Marriage equality has also returned to Utah (via Equality Case Files):

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