» Marriage Equality Update: November 2014

This post was written by WeddingWire Education Expert Kathryn Hamm, Publisher of GayWeddings.com, the leading online resource dedicated to serving same-sex couples since 1999. Kathryn is also co-author of the groundbreaking book, The New Art of Capturing Love: The Essential Guide to Lesbian and Gay Wedding Photography. Follow her on Twitter @madebykathryn.

And, just like that, six weeks after the Supreme Court declined to review the 7 marriage cases submitted, the United States now recognizes marriage equality in 35 states and the District of Columbia.

The one surprise, as I’ve mentioned in previous posts, was the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals decision, which upheld the Constitutional bans on same-sex marriage in its jurisdiction (OH, KY, MI, TN). But, two cases from the 6th Circuit (MI & KY) have received attention for making the deadline for a request for Supreme Court review this term.

And, that timing couldn’t be better.

In the meantime, news of marriage equality should remain stable as all eyes are on the recent petitions submitted to the Supreme Court. We’ll be waiting for news of review toward the end of January.

Should the Supreme Court decide to hear the case(s), it’s reasonable to expect that we’ll have a decision on marriage by June 2015. This leads to me again ask: would your business be ready?

Stories of Note:

In South Carolina, the state attempted to reference the decision of the 6th Circuit Court to keep a stay on marriage in place, but the stay was lifted and all engaged couples are now able to apply for marriage licenses in South Carolina.

In California, a couple who owns a photography company decided to close their wedding photography business rather than work with same-sex couples. They graciously turned down a same-sex couple who had inquired, but recognized that in doing so, they also breaking state law. The best way for them to stay true to  their beliefs was to exercise their right to opt out of the market, which they did.

In Louisiana, seven couples also asked the Supreme Court to hear their case, rather than waiting on a decision from a federal court (the 5th Court of Appeals). That case, along with one from Texas, is awaiting hearings in early January.