(CNN) - Utah officials will appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court a lower-court ruling allowing same-sex marriage in the state, the state attorney general's office said Thursday.
Newly appointed Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes will seek a stay of the federal judge's ruling after state officials consult first with outside attorneys over the next few days.
(CNN) - U.S. District Court Judge Robert J. Shelby in Utah has denied the state's request for a stay on his ruling that Utah's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional, according to Mary Jane McNamee, Judge Shelby's courtroom deputy.
He held a hearing on the matter on Monday. McNamee tells CNN the judge will issue a written ruling later today. Shelby struck down the state's ban on same-sex marriage last Friday.
(CNN) - A federal judge in Utah has struck down the state's ban on same-sex marriage, saying the law "conflicts with the United States Constitution's guarantees of equal protection and due process under the law."
In striking down the state law, which voters approved in 2004, the judge ruled that the state's "current laws deny its gay and lesbian citizens their fundamental right to marry and, in so doing, demean the dignity of these same-sex couples for no rational reason.
Updated 2:52 p.m., 12/19/2013
(CNN) – The New Mexico Supreme Court has ruled the state may not deny same-sex couples the freedom to marry, concluding current laws are unconstitutional.
The ruling Thursday is another victory for gay and lesbian couples nationwide seeking to legally wed. New Mexico would become the 17th state plus the District of Columbia to allow such unions.
(CNN) - Gov. Pat Quinn signed the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act on Wednesday, making Illinois the 16th state in the nation to legalize same-sex marriage.
Quinn, a Democrat, called the act a "triumph of democracy, a triumph of a government of the people, that we believe in liberty and equality - and we're making sure that's part of our law."
Updated 1:50 p.m. ET, 11/18/2013
(CNN) - One day after their daughters' quarrel over same-sex marriage burst into the political spotlight, former Vice President Dick Cheney and his wife, Lynne, defended their daughter Liz Cheney, saying she loves and respects her sister Mary, who's married to a woman.
"This is an issue we have dealt with privately for many years, and we are pained to see it become public," the Cheneys said in a statement.
(CNN) - As Hawaii and Illinois join the list of states approving same-sex marriage, the United States crosses a big mark on the issue: More than 1 in 3 Americans will live where same-sex marriage is legal.
It's a dramatic shift in a short period of time - one not seen on other social issues.
(CNN) - Hawaii's legislature gave final passage to a measure Tuesday to make it the 16th American state to legalize same-sex marriage.
"With today's vote, Hawaii joins a growing number of states that recognize that our gay and lesbian brothers and sisters should be treated fairly and equally under the law," President Obama, a native Hawaiian, said in a statement.
(CNN) - Illinois is now poised to become the 15th state to allow same-sex marriage after legislation passed both houses of the state's General Assembly on Tuesday.
The bill now goes to Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn, who has said he will sign it.
Updated 10/21/2013 at 3:54 p.m. ET
(CNN) - New Jersey Republican Gov. Chris Christie is dropping a legal challenge to a court ruling abolishing the state's ban on same-sex marriages.
"Although the Governor strongly disagrees with the Court substituting its judgment for the constitutional process of the elected branches or a vote of the people, the Court has now spoken clearly as to their view of the New Jersey Constitution and, therefore, same-sex marriage is the law," Christie's office said Monday morning in a statement.