Readers of On Your Case know that the legality of same-sex marriage in the United States is in transition, at least until the U.S. Supreme Court takes up the issue this spring and rules later this year.
In the meantime, states are grappling with the implications of differences in state law in this important area.
In Missouri, the state’s high court ruled that a lower court judge made a mistake when he dismissed the divorce case of two local men on the grounds that their marriage, legal in Iowa, was not recognized in Missouri. The reversal means the couple can start again in Missouri court; it does not mean they will ultimately be successful.
As the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports here, the ruling in this case came just one day after Alabama became the 37th state to begin issuing same-sex marriage licenses. For same sex couples and so many others, the Supreme Court cannot take up this issue — and perhaps provide much-need clarity and nationwide conformity — quickly enough.