Yet Nevada’s own attorney general also publicly questioned the fate of her state’s ban, saying the U.S. Supreme Court ruling put up a higher obstacle to laws that discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation.
And in late January, the Virginia attorney general refused to defend his state’s same-sex marriage ban against a federal court challenge. Instead, he asked on the court to invalidate the amendment, calling it unconstitutional and oppressive.
Seventeen states and the District of Columbia have laws that allow same-sex marriages. Several were triggered by court rulings.
The first states that allowed same-sex marriage did so as a result of a court decision: Massachusetts in 2004, Connecticut in 2008 and Iowa in 2009.
In New Mexico, the state Supreme Court ruled in December 2013 that same-sex couples in the state are allowed to marry. Last October, the state Supreme Court in New Jersey refused to delay a state court decision requiring the state to recognize same-sex marriages.
Maureen Hayden covers the Statehouse for the CNHI newspapers in Indiana. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter @MaureenHayden.