He ruled that the state has "failed to identify any rational, much less a compelling, reason that is served by denying same-sex couples the fundamental right to marry".
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Texas Tribune. New research suggests prohibitions on gay unions may take a psychological toll. The day before Kansas was to begin issuing same-sex marriage licenses, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor issued a stay that temporarily prevents the state from doing so.
Supreme Court issued their decision on the case Obergefell v Hodges [PDF]which legalized same-sex marriage in every state. Following more than an hour of riveting and personal floor speeches -- during which one state senator publicly announced for the first time he is gay -- the Nevada Senate voted to begin the process of repealing the gay marriage ban from the state constitution.
Attorney General Ken Paxton issued an opinion supporting officials who refused to grant marriage licenses on religious grounds, in defiance of the Obergefell ruling. At this morning, dozens of gay couples were joined in matrimony as New Jersey became the 14th state to allow same-sex marriage.
Same-sex couples in Arizona, Wyoming and Alaska will all be free to obtain marriage licenses by next week after federal judges struck down bans in two of those states Friday and the U. He stopped short, however, of saying he would veto it.