The June issue looks at how juvenile justice reform is changing the lives of young people, the problem with teacher pay, putting pensions under stress, an interview with the House speaker in Maine and much more. Supreme Court has ruled that states cannot ban same-sex marriage, thereby requiring all states to issue marriage licenses to same-same sex marriage in the bible couples. Background and History: State legislatures, voters and more recently the courts have made sweeping changes over the past two decades in laws defining whether marriage is limited to relationships between a man and a woman or is extended to same-sex couples.
The status of same-sex marriage remains in flux. All states have some court case pending on the topic. Five of those states’ cases were pending before the U. The Supreme Court decided not to hear the cases, thereby allowing the decisions from the 4th, 7th and 10th U. Circuit Courts of Appeal to stand. That meant same-sex couples could marry in five more states—Indiana, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin. The following day, the 9th U.
Two days later, West Virginia’s attorney general stopped his defense of that state’s ban. Colorado’s attorney general said the 10th U. Circuit Court of Appeals decision invalidates that state’s ban. In North Carolina, a federal judge ruled that state’s ban unconstitutional, applying the 4th U. There is also a federal appeals court ruling to uphold states’ ban on same-sex marriage.