The Billings Gazette reports that couples were lined up at county courthouses across Montana today (Thursday, Nov. 20) as marriage equality came to the final state in the 9th Circuit. In South Carolina, the U.S. Supreme Court turned down an appeal from the state’s attorney general and marriage begins at noon today in that state.
Including Kansas, where some counties are still holding out because they think Supreme Court rulings don’t necessarily apply to them, there are 35 marriage equality states.
The next state could be Mississippi where a positive ruling is expected soon. That case was heard in U.S. District Court on Nov. 17.
The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to hear a case, because the 6th Circuit upheld discrimination for Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee. The 5th Circuit will hear Texas and Louisiana cases in January. If that court upholds bigotry, the Supreme Court could take one of those cases.