The number of states allowing same-sex marriage has grown rapidly. As recently as October, just over one-third of the states permitted same-sex marriage. Now, same-sex couples can marry in 36 states and the District of Columbia. A look at what is now before the Supreme Court, and the status of same-sex marriage around the country: Continue reading
In a lawsuit filed by seven same-sex couples challenging Nebraska’s gay marriage ban, Nebraska district judge Joseph Bataillon sided with the plaintiffs, making same-sex marriage legal in the state of Nebraska. The ruling will be effective in one week.
Even if a same-sex couple is married in a state where same-sex marriage is legal, if they live in a state where it’s not, and one spouse tries to collect spousal or survivor benefits, he or she will not be able to. Despite being a federal program, Social Security defers to state law when deciding who is eligible for those benefits. Larry Kotlikoff explains. Continue reading
A federal judge ruled Tuesday that Kansas’ ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. The judge ordered the state to begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples on Nov. 11. Continue reading
WASHINGTON — Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy on Wednesday temporarily blocked an appeals court ruling that declared gay marriage legal in Idaho and Nevada. Continue reading
As the Supreme Court considers arguments on the definition of marriage, and the legal and societal implications of same-sex marriage, Gwen Ifill moderates a debate between California Attorney General Kamala Harris and Austin Nimocks from the Alliance Defending Freedom, two attorneys who were present in the courtroom. Continue reading