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Equality news round-up: Updates in Wyoming and Arizona, and more

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United States Court of Appeals Ninth Circuit– The temporary stay in the Alaska marriage case dissolves at 12 Pacific today, so couples can start getting married then. The Supreme Court hasn’t acted on the request for an emergency stay, though they could before today’s deadline.

– Wyoming’s governor says the state shouldn’t appeal a ruling in favor of marriage equality. A ruling in the case is expected next week.

– Arizona officials say the Latta ruling applies to the marriage case in their state, but they want to wait to enforce it.

– The Washington Blade reports that a review of the military’s ban on transgender soldiers hasn’t taken place.

– A hearing took place in South Dakota today in a challenge to the state’s marriage ban. The hearing is on the state’s motion to dismiss. A ruling will be handed down later.

– The US government will recognize same-sex marriages in seven more states. Attorney General Eric Holder made the announcement today. (The video is here and the full statement is here.)


  • 1. brandall  |  October 17, 2014 at 8:06 am

    Our cliffhanger of the morning….will SCOTUS issue a stay for Alaska? If denied, will it just be Kennedy or a full court vote? 8:00am PDT, four hours to go.

  • 2. Silvershrimp0  |  October 17, 2014 at 8:08 am

    I'm seeing reports on Facebook that Arizona's ban has now been struck down.

  • 3. brandall  |  October 17, 2014 at 8:11 am

    Arizona confirmed….here's the order:

  • 4. wes228  |  October 17, 2014 at 8:12 am

    This is correct. Same-sex marriage is now legal in Arizona. There is no stay. The Wikipedia map has been updated.

  • 5. sfbob  |  October 17, 2014 at 8:12 am

    You're just too fast for me, brandall.!

  • 6. Zack12  |  October 17, 2014 at 8:13 am

    Congrats to Arizona!

  • 7. brandall  |  October 17, 2014 at 8:13 am

    NO STAY!

  • 8. brandall  |  October 17, 2014 at 8:14 am

    LOL! MAC vs Windows?

  • 9. franklinsewell  |  October 17, 2014 at 8:49 am

    Good morning, Brandall. The docket number, if you want to check on the Supreme's website: 14A413. Here's a link to the search:

  • 10. guitaristbl  |  October 17, 2014 at 8:50 am

    Mead saying he won't appeal is surprising and peculiar. It's election time of course but in which way does this benefit him in a state as conservative as Wyoming ?
    Anyway I am glad he won't though. Only in order to honor Matthew's memory, Wyoming should have passed LGBT related legislation a long time ago by itself. They had the courtesy not to bring a constitutional amendment forward at least.

  • 11. MichaelGrabow  |  October 17, 2014 at 9:28 am

    The states are Colorado, Indiana, Nevada, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia, and Wisconsin. Same-sex marriages now have federal recognition in 26 states, plus the District of Columbia.

    The feds need to keep pace!

  • 12. franklinsewell  |  October 17, 2014 at 9:31 am

    I'm not sure if a ruling needs to be issued in WV or what, but the Governor and Atty. Gen. are saying that they won't defend that law.

  • 13. sfbob  |  October 17, 2014 at 9:38 am

    Windows and slow fingers.

  • 14. guitaristbl  |  October 17, 2014 at 9:39 am

    Licenses are issued though in WV.

  • 15. RnL2008  |  October 17, 2014 at 11:34 am

    Any news from Alaska yet?

  • 16. franklinsewell  |  October 17, 2014 at 11:36 am

    Supreme Court docket related to Alaska's stay request has not been updated, so no updates from there.

  • 17. RnL2008  |  October 17, 2014 at 11:38 am

    Thanks Franklin:-)

  • 18. StraightDave  |  October 17, 2014 at 11:47 am

    There must be a gay bar somewhere in AK with a countdown clock and an offer of free drinks on the house. Come on, social media, do your job! Live video, please. 20 minutes left.

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