In a brief to the Supreme Court, which will hear two landmark same-sex marriage cases in late March, the Justice Department argued that gay and lesbian couples should have the same right to marry as heterosexuals. The brief marks the first time the administration has weighed in on the constitutionality of any state ban on gay marriage. Although it was aimed at the voter initiative passed in California in , it put the administration squarely against other such prohibitions. It urged the court to subject the state's ban to a difficult legal standard that no state prohibition is likely to meet. In particular, the brief implicated the other states that, like California, allow domestic partnerships or civil unions: Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Nevada, New Jersey, Oregon and Rhode Island.
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Share this page. Follow Ballotpedia. By Jackie Beran Follow ballotpedia. Consequently, same-sex marriage bans have been struck down as unconstitutional, and same-sex marriages performed out of state must be recognized in other states. Despite the decision, some state lawmakers across the country are in the process of proposing legislation that would make it more difficult for same-sex couples to marry. State lawmakers in Arkansas , Florida , Kentucky , Michigan , Ohio , Tennessee , Utah and Wisconsin have all drafted legislation in the days following the decision in relation to same-sex marriage. Legislation in those states has varied from a Religious Freedom Restoration Act in Michigan to a bill in Utah that would put an end to the state issuing marriage licenses.
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Lynch, of Hopkinton, is seeking his third term as governor. New Hampshire requires children up to age 18 to wear restraints, but is the only state without a similar requirement for adults. The House narrowly passed a bill to require seat belt usage by adults last year, but the Senate killed it.
Judge's ruling criticised state's 'ongoing discrimination', saying the marriage recognition ban is unconstitutional. A federal judge has ordered Ohio authorities to recognize the marriages of gay couples performed in other states. Judge Timothy Black's ruling on Monday criticized the state's "ongoing arbitrary discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. Black's order does not force Ohio to allow gay marriages to be performed in the state.