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General News    H3'ed 7/2/15

Local government responses to Obergefell v. Hodges

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As of July 1, 2015, Ballotpedia found 97.98 percent of the U.S. population lived in a county where same-sex marriage licenses are available; 2.02 percent lived in counties where licenses were not being issued, were being delayed or their status was unknown.The U.S. Supreme Court decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, which legalized same-sex marriages nationwide, meant couples in the 15 states that had same-sex marriage bans in place or stayed by courts prior to the decision, started to hear wedding bells. Local government offices in those states, however, have not given unanimous support to those unions. Some local offices in those states continue to refuse the issuance of licenses to same-sex couples. In some cases, procedural matters—such as printing forms that use alternative language to "husband" and "wife"—are being cited as a reason to delay processing same-sex license applications. In other cases, local government bodies are outright refusing to comply with the ruling, citing the need for further clarification from the courts and their state governments. Ballotpedia is continuously updating this info in graphs and charts online.

Same sex marriage vote in the Minnesota Senate
Same sex marriage vote in the Minnesota Senate
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