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October 17, 2014

What states have marriage equality? Check our interactive map.

On October 6, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court allowed marriage case decisions from the Seventh Circuit, Fourth Circuit and Tenth Circuit Courts of Appeal to stand, meaning that same-sex couples in Indiana, Wisconsin, Virginia, Utah and Oklahoma would be able to marry.

The following day, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals struck down the discriminitory marriage bans for same-sex couples in Nevada and Idaho.

Check back here for a live blog of marriage updates from around the country.

You can also learn more about our cases in ArizonaIndiana, LouisianaNevada, South Carolina, West Virginia and Virginia and click here to see a timeline of our Indiana marriage case.

Friday, October 17, 2014, 1:33pm EST:

Friday, October 17, 2014, 10:43am EST:

Wednesday, October 15, 2014, 1:37pm EST:

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Sunday, October 12, 2014, 7:04pm EST:

Friday, October 10, 2014, 6:00pm EST:

Friday, October 10, 2014, 5:53pm EST:

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Thursday, October 9, 2014, 8:32pm EST:



CONGRATS Antioco & Theo! 1st same-sex couple w/marriage license in Clark County, NV! #LGBT #LoveUnitesUS (c/o @marekbute)

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Thursday, October 9, 2014, 8:19pm EST:



Our plaintiffs Antioco & Theo getting their marriage license! #LGBT #LoveUnitesUS #Nevada (c/o @marekbute)

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Thursday, October 9, 2014, 8:08pm EST:

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Thursday, October 9, 2014, 5:15pm EST:



Our #VA plaintiffs Joanne & Jessica have received their marriage license too! #LGBT #LoveUnitesUS

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Thursday, October 9, 2014, 5:10pm EST:



Our clients are first in line to get married! #LGBT #LoveUnitesUS #NV #9thCircuit

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Thursday, October 9, 2014, 5:04pm EST:



Our plaintiffs Theo (dk blue tie) & Antioco (lt blue shirt) in Las Vegas waiting to get married! #LoveUnitesUS #LGBT #Nevada

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Thursday, October 9, 2014, 4:14pm EST: 

Thursday, October 9, 2014, 3:00pm EST: The Coalition for the Protection of Marriage, the organization that had been defending Nevada’s discriminatory marriage ban, has withdrawn motions that it had filed before the U.S. Supreme Court and the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals seeking to prevent the Ninth Circuit’s Tuesday ruling striking down the marriage ban from going into effect. “Finally, the confusion has ended and the Ninth Circuit’s decision is final and fully in effect. While the trial court will enter an order in the case finalizing relief, nothing prevents marriages from beginning immediately for same-sex couples in Nevada,” says Lambda Legal Staff Attorney Tara Borelli.

Thursday, October 9, 2014, 2:01pm EST:

Thursday, October 9, 2014, 1:56pm ESTVictory in West Virginia! WV Attorney General Patrick Morrissey concedes that the state's discriminatory ban on marriage for same-sex couples is unconstitutional.

Thursday, October 9, 2014, 11:11am EST: "We hope Idaho will also soon be able to join the list of states where couples are marrying. We have an additional marriage case pending in Arizona at the federal district court — which is within the 9th Circuit’s jurisdiction — and we expect the court there to rule quickly now that the 9th Circuit has issued its decision. Other states with marriage bans in that circuit are Alaska and Montana. Once all the states in the 4th, 7th, 9th, and 10th Circuits follow the lead of their courts of appeal, same-sex couples will have the freedom to marry in 35 states and the District of Columbia – 16 more than just last week!" Read more from Jon Davidson, Legal Director and Eden/Rushing Chair at Lambda Legal.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014, 4:33pm ESTThis afternoon the U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy issued an order clarifying that there is no stay on the Ninth Circuit’s decision as it applies to Nevada. Jon W. Davidson Legal Director and Eden/Rushing Chair at Lambda Legal issued the following statement: “As we had hoped, the Supreme Court has clarified this morning’s order and explained that there is no stay of the Ninth Circuit’s mandate as to Nevada. The temporary stay applies only to Idaho. We are delighted and hope officials in Nevada will continue to move quickly, as they had been, to start issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.”

Wednesday, October 8, 2014, 3:39pm EST:

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Tuesday, October 7, 2014, 9:15pm EST:

Tuesday, October 7, 2014, 9:00pm EST:

Tuesday, October 7, 2014, 4:00pm EST: 9th Circuit Court of Appeals strikes down marriage bans in Nevada and Idaho. 

Tuesday, October 7, 2014, 11:00am EST: Lambda Legal joins appeal of Louisiana marriage ruling to 5th circuit.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014, 9:50am EST:

Monday, October 6, 2014, 6:00pm EST: Lambda Legal holds teleconference, "What it Means: Marriage at the Supreme Court." Director of Education and Public Affairs, Leslie Gabel-Brett, moderates and takes questions with Jon Davidson, Legal Director, and Camilla Taylor, National Marriage Project Director, about the day's events at the United States Supreme Court.

Monday, October 6, 2014, 5:30pm EST: Lambda Legal seeks immediate action on marriage in West Virginia.

Monday, October 6, 2014, 5:16pm EST: Same-sex couples are marrying in Colorado, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin, according to press reports.

Monday, October 6, 2014, 1:22pm EST: Lambda Legal Marriage Project Director Camilla Taylor issues following statement: "While we wait for the 7th Circuit to issue the mandate requiring county clerks to start allowing same-sex couples to marry in Indiana and Wisconsin there is currently nothing stopping clerks from issuing those licenses immediately."

Monday, October 6, 2014, 12:32pm ESTColorado Attorney General John Suthers issues statement.

Monday, October 6, 2014, 11:07am EST: Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring announces all same-sex couples can begin to marry in Virginia at 1:00pm EST.

Monday, October 6, 2014, 9:00am EST: Victory in Lambda Legal's Indiana and Virginia marriage cases.


Timeline of Lambda Legal's Marriage Case in Indiana

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