Written by: Tiobe
American same-sex couples are now able to legally marry in Indiana, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin, after the United States Supreme Court rejected appeals to uphold bans Oct. 6. By default, this decision applies to states whose cases were still under review, bringing the total number of states that allow same-sex marriages to 30.
Sources: Pew Forum, Human Rights Campaign, Marcum LLP
Because the U.S. Supreme Court struck down part of the Defense of Marriage Act in June of 2013, same-sex unions in these 30 states will be legally treated the same as heterosexual marriages, granting every legally married couple the same federal benefits.
For same-sex couples across the country, the issue is one of human rights and nondiscrimination.
“When the closet door opens, there should be no such thing as a second-class citizen,” Idaho resident Doug Flanders said in a Take Part Daily interview. ““I see it as equal rights. Somebody being able to walk in there, no matter who you are, and get a marriage license—that’s magnificent.”
A North Carolina magistrate resigned in protest of the Supreme Court’s ruling, stating it violated his religious beliefs. Arizona and Wyoming are two conservative states still fighting against same-sex marriages.
The Supreme Court offered no comment on its Oct. 6 ruling.