The schizophrenic man was scheduled to be executed Wednesday for killing his wife’s parents. [Update: A federal appeals court has issued a stay of execution, which the state is not going to appeal immediately, meaning the execution will not go forward at this time.]
Two states are now on board seeking review from the justices, as same-sex couples wait to see what the court does with the cases.
The 81-year-old justice was asking questions in oral arguments on Monday, five days after having heart surgery.
“Given the importance of the issue … Michigan does not oppose review by” the Supreme Court. State asks justices to uphold constitutionality of Michigan’s ban on same-sex couples’ marriages.
“[I]t is as if the marriages never existed,” Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette argues.
Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas would have stopped them.
“We were married, not married, married, not married,” Sophy Jesty says of her fight to force Tennessee to recognize her marriage to Val Tanco. “Right now, our family remains legally divided.”
Update: Couples from the Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Tennessee marriage cases all will be seeking Supreme Court review. BuzzFeed News talks with the lawyers for the same-sex couples in all four states’ cases.
The decision prompts a strong rebuke from Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
A temporary hold on the marriages that a federal appeals court granted on Wednesday expires on Friday. [Update: Supreme Court denies Alaska’s stay request, bringing marriage equality to the state.]
The status of same-sex couples’ marriage rights is changing daily. BuzzFeed News will be updating this map as changes warrant to give everyone an up-to-the-minute view of what the latest marriage news means. [Updated as of Nov. 26.]
Update: Following a morning order stopping same-sex couples from marrying in Idaho and Nevada, a second order from the justice only puts the Idaho ruling on hold.
With Monday’s nondecision decision, marriage equality is moving forward. What’s more, Justice Anthony Kennedy, as both the court’s key vote and guiding force on gay rights, created the path to end same-sex marriage bans nationwide.
The decision not to decide brings marriage equality to Indiana, Oklahoma, Virginia, Wisconsin, and Utah — with more to come. [Update: Colorado attorney general says today’s decision means marriage equality will come to that state in short order as well.]
The justices will be considering seven different petitions to hear marriage appeals at their first conference of the year.
Update: Earl Ringo was pronounced dead at 12:31 a.m. CDT Wednesday. Neither the Supreme Court nor Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon stopped the scheduled execution.
The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals is the fifth federal appeals court to hear arguments on same-sex couples’ marriage rights this year.
Mary Bonauto and other lawyers at Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders are now helping to represent the Utah couples fighting the state’s ban on same-sex couples’ marriages.
Absent further action, same-sex couples will be able to marry in Virginia starting next week.
Updated: Michael Worthington was executed early Wednesday after U.S. Supreme Court denied his stay requests. Gov. Jay Nixon refused to grant clemency.
Did he really just call five supreme court justices “slut shaming geezers”? Yes, yes he did.
“There is a silver lining here.”
Could a quick fix, at least as to the contraception mandate, be coming?
When life hands you haters, make haterade.
Supreme Court hands down a mixed decision in a long-awaited ruling on presidential power.
“Our answer to the question of what police must do before searching a cell phone seized incident to an arrest is accordingly simple — get a warrant,” the chief justice says.
“A stay is urgently needed,” opponents of same-sex couples’ marriage rights argue to Justice Anthony Kennedy.
The case now goes back to a federal appeals court.
A long-awaited decision comes down in a 5-4 split along ideological grounds.