Obergefell: Understanding the same-sex marriage decision and what’s happening now

In light of Friday's Supreme Court 5-4 decision ruling that there is a fundamental right to same-sex marriage, here are a few resources to help explain the decision and its impact on the states:

The full-text decision is available, here.

SCOTUS Blog offers analysis of the decision and an interpretation "In Plain English," as well as a case page with all entries and briefs.

The LA Times, the Times-Picayune out of New Orleans and the Lexington Herald-Leader report on the status of  county clerks' offices who are issuing marriage licenses in compliance with the Supreme Court ruling and those who are refusing. The Herald-Leader specifically cites to a mandate by Governor Steve Beshear that clerks provide the licenses and a provision of the Kentucky Revised Statutes that makes it a first degree misdemeanor in Kentucky when "a public servant ... refrains from performing a duty imposed upon him by law or clearly inherent in the nature of his office."

NBC News reports that a federal judge in Alabama has ordered all probate judges in Alabama to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. State supreme court judge Roy Moore had previously said that judges had 25 days before they were required to issue the licenses.

The Columbus Dispatch addresses what will become of Ohio's constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage. The amendment, while no longer valid, will remain in the Ohio constitution until another amendment is passed to remove it.

Information about obtaining a marriage license in Hamilton County is available at the probate court website. The court has been issuing licenses to same-sex couples since the Supreme Court's decision on Friday.

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