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Gay Marriage: North Carolina Official Resigns

Thursday, 16 Oct 2014 08:02 PM

A North Carolina official resigned Thursday rather than perform gay marriages, an individual stand that comes as fewer and fewer states are holding on to oppose same-sex unions.

Triggered by a U.S. Supreme Court decision last week, lower courts across the nation have moved to strike down gay marriage bans. Among the holdouts are conservative states such as Arizona and Wyoming, and their defiance comes against a tide of rulings that give hope to those who want to see same-sex unions legalized in every state.

The North Carolina magistrate who quit his job said performing gay marriages would violate his religious beliefs. Here are some other recent developments:

ARIZONA

State lawyers have argued that a District Court judge should uphold Arizona's gay marriage ban because the West's federal appeals court hasn't issued a blanket mandate that would legalize same-sex unions across the region.

Thursday's filing starts the clock on a court ruling that many expect will soon lead to same-sex marriages in Arizona.

A District Court judge is considering two cases that seek to make gay marriage legal in the state and has said it's likely that last week's 9th Circuit Court ruling that struck down gay marriage bans elsewhere in the region means Arizona's ban — approved by lawmakers in 1996 and added to the Arizona Constitution by voters in 2008 — also will fall.

WYOMING

A District Judge says he will rule by Monday on a lawsuit filed by four same-sex couples seeking to force the state to allow gay marriage in response to a federal court ruling that applies to Wyoming.

Wyoming is among the most conservative states in the nation with Republicans holding all three of its congressional seats, all five statewide elected offices and the vast majority of its state legislative seats.

Citing the Supreme Court decision, advocates for gay marriage in Wyoming say the state should immediately cease enforcing a law that defines marriage as between a man and woman only. But Wyoming county clerks have been unwilling to grant marriage licenses to same-sex couples until they hear definitively that they can do so.

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