State same-sex marriage bans have been falling around the country since June 2013, when the nation’s highest court ordered the federal government to recognize state-sanctioned gay marriages. The remaining state bans all face legal challenges to overturn them.
A federal appeals court on Friday ruled Oklahoma must allow gay couples to wed, marking the second time it has found the U.S. Constitution protects same-sex marriage.
Technically, their state still does not recognize gay marriages. But that hasn’t stopped hundreds of gay Coloradans from getting marriage licenses from two county clerks who argue they still have the legal right to provide them to loving couples.
Supporters of Colorado’s new civil unions law say a court ruling declaring a same-sex divorce final means gay couples married in other states can legally terminate their relationships in Colorado without uprooting their lives.
Civil unions for gay couples moved forward in the Colorado Senate Friday, legislation that is all but certain to become law as some Republicans raise concern about religious freedoms.
A proposal granting gay couples rights similar to married couples was expected to pass its first vote from Colorado lawmakers on Wednesday after hours of testimony that was at times emotional.
Gay couples campaigning for civil unions in Colorado have claimed their biggest victory yet as a key Republican-led House committee advanced a bill it had previously opposed.
Testimony at the state Capitol continued for hours Wednesday afternoon over a controversial civil union bill being debated in the Colorado Senate.