Hi, peeps! It is MOI, Auntie Andi just popping by because of the absolutely historic nature of the past few days.
On Monday, the Supreme Court of these here United States decided not to hear any of the pending marriage equality cases.
Which means, dear readers, that the lower court rulings stand for those states. That is, same-sex marriage is legal and marriages could commence in the following five states: Virginia, Indiana, Wisconsin, Oklahoma and Utah.
But the refusal to hear the cases also extended to six other states: North Carolina, South Carolina, West Virginia, Colorado, Kansas and Wyoming.
Why? Because those six states are located in the judicial circuits of the other five, and must abide by lower appellate court rulings.
So what we have seen, since Monday, is basically dominos falling as the states come to abide by lower court decisions. Some, like South Carolina and North Carolina are still refusing, but it’s a matter of time. We’ve also seen some movement in Idaho and Nevada. Idaho has managed to get a stay for a bit, but Nevada is on its way to marriage equality.
As of today, this is the marriage map, via Wikipedia:
This week, my friends, is amazing. Yes, we still have a ways to go, and we absolutely cannot forget LGBT people in other countries who are not nearly as fortunate as we are, and we must continue to be vigilant and continue our social justice work in all quarters, but today, let us celebrate. It is certainly a day I never thought I’d see in my lifetime.