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Saturday, April 21, 2018

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Marriage equality has already reached most of the country, though state bans on same-sex marriage are still common in the Deep South. It makes it all the more notable, then, when federal courts strike down these bans in South Carolinas, Kansas, Mississippi and Arkansas.

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Check an Interactive Map detailing the status of marriage equality in all 50 states to see how much progress has been made, get details on the current status by clicking on each state.

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Same-sex couples in Kansas will be able to begin marrying as soon as today, the Supreme Court ordered Wednesday. The state requested a stay of a lower court's order to strike down its ban on same-sex marriage earlier this week. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, who oversees the 10th Circuit, issued a temporary stay, but on Wednesday, seven of the nine justices affirmed that the lower court's ruling would remain intact. 

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Arizona is the latest state where gay marriage is legal following an earlier Supreme Court move. Arizona is now the latest state with legalized same-sex marriage after a federal judge on Friday struck down the state's ban on the practice and ordered that his decision take effect immediately.

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In a concise four-page decision, U.S. District Court Judge John Sedwick cited rulings from higher courts to dismiss Arizona's ban as unconstitutional.

 

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Back in August, 2014, U.S. District Judge Robert L. Hinkle became the first federal judge to strike down Florida's gay marriage ban when he ordered the state to issue a new death certificate for Carol Goldwasser, naming Arlene Goldberg - her partner for 47 years - as her wife.

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Arlene Goldberg, left, and her Late

Wife Carol Goldwasser

On October 8, 2014, Goldberg recieved Goldwasser's newly issued death certificate, making her and her late spouse the first gay couple to have their marriage recognized in the Sunshine State.

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On Monday, October 6, 2014 the U.S. Supreme Court declined to take up the hotly contested issue of gay marriage, a surprise move that will allow gay men and women to marry in five states where same-sex weddings were previously banned.

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By rejecting appeals in cases involving Virginia, Oklahoma, Utah, Wisconsin and Indiana, the court also left intact lower-court rulings that struck down bans in North Carolina, West Virginia, South Carolina, Wyoming, Kansas and Colorado increasing the number of states with gay marriage in the United States from 19 to 30.