Gay Rights Advance in the Courts

A sweep­ing de­ci­sion on Thurs­day night struck down Vir­ginia’s ban on same-sex mar­riage and con­tin­ued a re­mark­able win­ning streak for gay rights ad­vo­cates, putting new pres­sure on the Su­preme Court to de­cide the mo­men­tous ques­tion it ducked last sum­mer: whether there is a con­sti­tu­tion­al right to same-sex mar­riage. Since June, when the Su­preme Court ruled that same-sex cou­ples are en­ti­tled to equal treat­ment in at least some set­tings, fed­eral judges in Ok­la­homa, Utah and Vir­ginia have struck down laws bar­ring same-sex mar­riages. In state leg­is­la­tures and state courts, too, sup­port­ers of same-sex mar­riage have been win­ning.

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