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An Appeals Court Just Struck Down Utah's Same-Sex Marriage Ban. What Else is Happening?

As states overturn gay marriage bans, the "blue state thing" is turning less partisan.
An Appeals Court Just Struck Down Utah's Same-Sex Marriage Ban. What Else is Happening?
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In a closely watched court case, a divided three-judge panel ruled yesterday that Utah's ban of gay marriage is unconstitutional, paving the way to a possible Supreme Court battle that may end America's same-sex marriage debate.

Since CT identified evangelicals' favorite same-sex marriage laws and asked whether Jesus would bake a cake for a gay wedding in Arizona (depends who you ask), a tidal wave of activity has legalized the weddings in 19 states plus the District of Columbia.

The landscape is changing: Two months ago, experts proclaimed the legalization of gay marriage "a blue state thing," but the ruling on Utah's same-sex marriage law and similar appeals in Oklahoma and Texas are pushing the issue to red states.

A day before the one-year anniversary of the Supreme Court's decision to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act, which had barred same-sex marriages from federal recognition, a divided three-judge panel of the 10th Circuit Court ruled ...

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