Gurumurthy Kalyanaram on Lawsuits and Policies: A Brief Report on Marriage Equality Legal Status in US

Gurumurthy Kalyanaram reports on lawsuits and policies and in this report provides a brief summary of the marriage equality legal status in US.

Gurumurthy_Kalyanaram_LawsuitsThe US Supreme Court in October 2014 dismissed petitions for review of decisions invalidating same-sex marriages in Indiana, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia, and Wisconsin.

This decision was completely unexpected. Most observers expected the Court to grant the writ petitions and adjudicate. Apparently, the Court does not want to intervene – at least for now.

So the consequence of this decision is that the same-sex marriages in the listed states are legal, giving a boost to the marriage equality movement. And now the public will be forced into vigorous debate on this issue.

In the immediate run, Indiana, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia, and Wisconsin immediately have to start issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. This is a huge development given that the states of Indiana, Oklahoma and Utah are socially very conservative.

Now, marriage equality is the law in twenty-four states (and the District of Columbia) — roughly half the country. As an outcome of the Court’s decision, marriage equality plaintiffs and supporters will prevail in North Carolina, South Carolina, West Virginia (all Fourth Circuit), as well as Colorado, Kansas, and Wyoming (Tenth Circuit) because the US Supreme Court’s non-decision sets a precedent.

Globally, the Netherlands was the first country to adopt same-sex marriage in 2001 and many European countries followed suit. Now, same-sex weddings are legal in at least 19 countries and in many other countries same-sex partners enjoy protections short of marriage.

Please refer to other articles by Gurumurthy Kalyanaram Lawsuit and policies on his website:


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