Same-sex marriage [JURIST backgrounder] has been a highly polarizing issue in the American legal community. Numerous challenges to same-sex marriage bans have arisen in federal and state courts in recent months. Last week a federal judge for the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois [official website] ruled [JURIST report] that same-sex couples in Cook County could be issued marriage licenses immediately, instead of having to wait until June. Earlier that week Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum [official website] announced [JURIST report] that her office would no longer be defending that state's ban on same-sex marriage. A judge for the US District Court for the Western District of Kentucky [official website] ruled [JURIST report] earlier this month that the Kentucky must recognize valid out-of-state same-sex marriages.
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