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Even more exciting progress for marriage equality

A few weeks ago, we celebrated when the Supreme Court quietly brought the country one step closer to marriage equality.

On October 6th, the Court denied requests to hear cases from Indiana, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia, and Wisconsin. Almost immediately, same-sex marriage was permitted to begin in those five states.

Ever since, there has been exciting progress in six more states.

Idaho & Nevada: On October 7th, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals struck down same-sex marriage bans in both Idaho and Nevada. The next day, the Supreme Court granted a delay in Idaho at the request of the state, but it was lifted on October 10th.

North Carolina: Almost immediately following the Supreme Court’s announcement, a North Carolina federal judge declared that the state’s same-sex marriage ban would not stand. Marriages began on October 10th.

Alaska: On October 12th, a federal judge overturned the country’s oldest same-sex marriage ban. The marriage license applications process came to a halt on October 15th when the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals issued a temporary hold while the state appealed to the Supreme Court. However, the Court denied Alaska’s request on October 17th, and now same-sex couples are able to submit applications for marriage licenses.

Wyoming & Arizona: Finally, a federal judge in Wyoming overturned the state’s ban on same-sex marriage on October 17th. That same day, a federal judge in Arizona decided the state could no longer uphold the state’s ban on same-sex marriage. County clerks began issuing licenses immediately.

Now, thanks to amazing progress, a majority of the country lives in a state where marriage equality is the law of the land.

OFA supporters are still focused on expanding that progress to the states still denying equal rights to same sex couples. While we have momentum on our side, let's keep this fight moving forward.

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