I don’t know about you, I love charts and maps. A little while back I posted a marriage map showing the different stages of legality of same-sex marriage in each individual state. That was only back in May, and it’s already out-of-date! Woo hoo! Today we have a pie chart from the Chicago Sun-Times detailing how much of the population lives in a place where they can be married!
And the weddings have started in Indiana!
Earlier this morning U.S. District Judge Richard Young ruled the ban on same-sex marriage in Indiana is unconstitutional, and he did not issue a stay on his ruling allowing for same-sex couples to be married instantly. The state’s Assistant General said who was defending the ban said he will seek a stay on the ruling pending appeal.
Marion County Clerk Beth White said she is prepared to begin issuing marriage licenses, and in fact did so for the first couple to be married, Craig Bowen and Jake Miller!
In a weird development in Arkansas, it is legal for same-sex couples to get married, but because of an old law on the books it is not legal for the county clerks to give out the marriage licenses.
Around 10:30 am yesterday morning, the Eureka Springs Independent received a press release from Tony Rogers, the Carroll County Prosecuting Attorney saying:
“This office was notified this morning by Mike Rainwater that there was a law left on the books prohibiting a county clerk from issuing a marriage license to persons of the same gender. This law was not addressed by Judge Piazza, and because of this, we advised the county clerk to stop selling marriage licenses to person of the same gender.” [Bolding is mine]
Aside from the fact that it’s a bright sunny day, it’s still pretty chilly, about 35°F outside, which in turn allowed me to browse the internet this morning and find something to share with you, our readers. That being said, I am somewhat selective in regards to poetry, I often find that I have to be open-minded and willing to absorb the message coming from the poet. This morning was just right, and especially so, since Bryan wrote a poem in honor of his husband, and anticipates their future son.
And in a huge step backwards, India’s Supreme Court has re-criminalized gay sex. This is almost too crazy to believe, but it’s true. more details from Reuters:
In 2009 the Delhi High Court ruled unconstitutional a section of the penal code dating back to 1860 that prohibits “carnal intercourse against the order of nature with any man, woman or animal” and lifted the ban for consenting adults.
Good news from New Jersey! Earlier today in a judge ruled the state must allow for same-sex couples to marry.
Superior Court Judge Mary Jacobson granted an emergency request by six gay couples, ordering state officials to begin officiating same-sex marriages on Oct. 21.
“Same-sex couples must be allowed to marry in order to obtain equal protection of the law under the New Jersey constitution,” the judge wrote in a 53-page opinion.
However this does not mean same-sex marriage is immediately legal. NJ Governor Chris Christie is none-too happy about the ruling, and will most likely appeal. Spokesman Michael Drewniak said the governor “has always maintained that he would abide by the will of the voters on the issue of marriage equality and called for it to be on the ballot this Election Day. Since the Legislature refused to allow the people to decide expeditiously, we will let the Supreme Court make this constitutional determination.”
Well, at least it’s a step in the right direction for the Garden State.