This morning's stunning and historic announcement from the U.S. Supreme Court is being applied differently by officials in different states.
Just an hour ago the U.S. Supreme Court officially declined to hear any of the seven same-sex marriage cases in five states which were being appealed from lower court rulings. All those lower rulings from appeals courts supported same-sex couples, and now, same-sex marriage will be legal in not just those five states, but in eleven more states, bringing the number to 30.
But different state officials are applying the high court's decision differently.
In Virginia, where the State -- after Democratic Governor Terry McAuliffe and Attorney General Mark Herring were elected -- declined to defend the marriage ban in court, same-sex marriages will begin "later today," AG Herring announced.
In Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the Dane County Clerk just said he will begin issuing marriage licenses immediately to same-sex couples. Clerks in Outagamie County and Winnebago County are reportedly going to begin issuing licenses as well.
"In light of the action by the United States Supreme Court," Gov. Scott Walker's office states, "Wisconsin will uphold the law as set by the federal Court of Appeals."
In Oklahoma, which is one of the states from which the Supreme Court specifically denied to hear a case, "Oklahoma County Court Clerk Tim Rhodes says his office won't issue licenses until a stay is lifted by the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals," the AP reports.
Fortunately, the 10th Circuit wasted no time whatsoever, paving the way for marriages in Utah, along with Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Wyoming, to legally begin.
Breaking: 10th Cir in Utah case: "[T]he stay of the mandate directed in our decision dated June 25, 2014 is lifted." pic.twitter.com/seDdBIcpBR
â€” Chris Geidner (@chrisgeidner) October 6, 2014
And the first same-sex couple to marry in Utah rejoiced:
â€” Seth Anderson (@jsethanderson) October 6, 2014
Despite that news, the Utah County Clerk says they're not issuing marriage licenses yet:
â€” Amy Joi O'Donoghue (@Amyjoi16) October 6, 2014
But the Salt Lake County clerk is:
Salt Lake County clerk announces: Same-sex couples can get marriage licenses. http://t.co/C7yPGELmeS
â€” Erin Alberty (@erinalberty) October 6, 2014
In Indiana, the Monroe County Chief Deputy Clerk is waiting for the county attorney to review the Court's announcement to begin issuing licenses, assuming the attorney gives the green light. Indiana is one of the states the Supreme Court declined cases from.
And the Elkhart County, Indiana county clerk is also refusing to issue licenses until they have clear legal direction.
"We'll be contacting our attorney for determination on how this affects what we do with issuing licenses and the standing of licenses already issued," the Elkhart Truth reports. "We need a legal opinion of where we stand and what we can do based on this ruling."
In Colorado, the Boulder County Clerk made this announcement:
Great news SCOTUS! We'e reviewing what this means with Supreme Court stay issued. Hope to be issuing licenses soon. #MarriageEquality
â€” Hillary Hall (@HillHall) October 6, 2014
And, more updates:
On gay marriage decision refusal: Winnebago County Clerk Sue Ertmer said "I need some legal direction. At this point, nothing has changed."
â€” Holly Meyer (@HollyAMeyer) October 6, 2014
RT @KSLPaul BREAKING: Salt Lake County DA Sim Gill has told the County Clerk to once again issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
â€” KSL NewsRadio (@kslnewsradio) October 6, 2014
Howard County clerk waiting on official word from AG that stay is lifted before issuing same-sex marriage licenses
â€” Lauren(Fitch)Slagter (@LaurenSlagter) October 6, 2014
CONGRATULATIONS WI marriage equality for all - Dane County Clerk Scott McDonell "We're a go here,"
â€” David Schlosser (@actorguydavid) October 6, 2014
Shelby County Clerk Vicki Franklin said her office will do nothing until it gets direction.
â€” Paul Gable (@PaulGableTSN) October 6, 2014
County Clerk's offices awaiting word to issue same-sex marriage licenses http://t.co/OZMNWHiOxC
â€” FOX28 - WSJV (@FOX28News) October 6, 2014
Meanwhile, LGBT and civil rights groups across the nation are filing suit to have marriage bans removed, after today's Supreme Court announcement.
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