The latest developments on same-sex marriage

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The first married couple in Richmond, Va., on Monday, October 6, 2014.
Supreme Court rejects states' appeals, lets gay marriage expand to 30 states http://t.co/vbWT6GAMvJ http://t.co/N2d2cJgF0N
Lots of celebrating at the courthouse in Richmond. We've seen one wedding happen and heard of plans for many others! http://t.co/77qX2TqgFp
Pics of the first gay couple to marry in Richmond. Getting their marriage license at 1pm - the minute it was legal http://t.co/8gfVz76vLC
Supreme Court allows gay marriage to expand to 30 states in an unexpected decision today: http://t.co/ZCqAr1oiXO http://t.co/28OGkbGuHW
Gay marriage will now be legal in a majority of U.S. states. http://t.co/Ok7l7ZFXb8 http://t.co/NzBTXfeI8J
Mazel tov to Craig Bowen and Jake Miller, the first gay couple married in Indianapolis today. [via @indystar] http://t.co/VVbsTDlJCz
Trib's photo of the day. Photog Trent Nelson captures the first gay couple married in #Utah. http://t.co/giy9MMXoLQ http://t.co/QA16FMSUI2
LOVE IS LOVE. #equality #gaymarriage #oklahoma
Hey y'all! Virginians can now get gay married!!! Heading over to the chapel right now with my "boyfriend" @layres. I was finally able to get a picture with him smiling :)
CAN'T FOCUS AT WORK. WE IS SO EXCITED THAT WE CAN NOW MARRY IN THE STATE OF OKLAHOMA. TOO REAL
Jennifer Melsop and Erika Turner outside the Arlington courthouse. Jennifer and Erika were the first same Alex couple to get a marriage license in Arlington,VA, and married shortly thereafter in front of a throng of journalists. They learned of the Supreme Court ruling that allowed same sex couples in Virginia to marry via a post on the human rights campaign facebook page. The couple had a ceremony planned for a year from today in DC, but acted fast to be able to get. Virginia marriage license. #onassignment #samesexmarriage #gaymarriage #virginia #scotus
#Pueblo issues gay marriage license, but El Paso County not quite ready http://t.co/g4kDurXZrq http://t.co/cOpAgT4hyn
Mary Bishop signs her marriage license. Couple plan to marry this afternoon. http://t.co/I9JIwhh7XD
Alan Combs, who was denied a marriage license in August, just married his partner of 32 years. #INgaymarriage http://t.co/dcXdkxKqXo
Tony London and Tim Bostic are heading in to get their marriage license http://t.co/tXo0zdpB4b
Second gay couple to get marriage license in Richmond. "We didn't even change clothes" says guy in flip-flops http://t.co/LIwt6EZ19g
New marriage license in Arlington. Now says "spouse & spouse" not "bride & groom". http://t.co/SKNhRYoSep
Hobart residents Michelle Davies & Tonya Richards officially have a marriage license from Lake Co. @nwi #nwindiana http://t.co/egQnQnGOsi
Surprise! They got married today! http://t.co/78zeArItlq
It's official! They have their marriage license! http://t.co/SPf4RWmBWP
VB deputy clerk Shanette wanted to be the one to give the couple their license http://t.co/OFGf9jctTC
Another couple here to get their marriage license. First female couple in VB http://t.co/mJURFNOJ1W
#marriagelicense #equality #samesexmarriage #historyinthemaking #beautiful #lesbian #gay #equality #instalove #lucky #instagay #instacute #instagood #instadaily #IGERS #love #engaged #amo #amor #loveislove #lgbt #virginia #follow #TFLers #life #noh8 #fiance @cricknic
This was the first same-sex couple in line to apply for a marriage license following the Supreme Court’s rejection to hear Indiana’s appeal on gay marriage. What does this mean? #samesexmarriage is now legal in Indiana & the state must recognize gay marriages conducted in other states.
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Weddings, court rulings and confusion are defining a week that started with the U.S. Supreme Court denying appeals from five states seeking to retain their bans on same-sex marriage. Here's a rundown of the most recent developments:

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IDAHO LEGAL OBSTACLES GONE

The U.S. Supreme Court says same-sex marriage can go ahead in Idaho. The court issued an order Friday that appears to remove the last legal obstacle keeping gay and lesbian couples from getting married in the conservative state.

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GOING TO THE CHAPEL

Gay couples in Las Vegas cheered at the marriage license bureau when anticipation became reality, and the county clerk began granting same-sex partners the right to wed Thursday evening. To boost awareness, the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority placed a full page ad in USA Today on Friday featuring two groom cake-toppers with a view of Vegas in the background.

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WAITING ON CINCINNATI

There also is growing anticipation for a ruling by the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, based in Cincinnati.

A three-judge panel heard arguments two months ago on challenges to gay marriage bans in Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee, the biggest hearing of its kind on the issue.

Its eventual ruling could help determine when or even whether the Supreme Court takes up the issue. There has been no indication of a timetable by the 6th Circuit.

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OOPS

The marriage confusion tripped up even someone who should have known better.

Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy mistakenly blocked the start of same-sex marriage in Nevada in an order that confused state officials and disappointed couples. Court spokeswoman Kathy Arberg confirmed the mix-up Thursday, saying Kennedy's order a day earlier was an error that the justice corrected with a second order several hours later.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco declared bans on same-sex marriage in Idaho and Nevada illegal Tuesday. Idaho quickly asked the Supreme Court for a delay, but Nevada planned to allow same-sex weddings to proceed. The trouble arose because Idaho's request to the court included a document from the appeals court that listed case numbers for both states.

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CHRISTIE'S THOUGHTS

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says it shouldn't be up to the Supreme Court to decide whether states allow gay marriage. The Republican governor, widely viewed as a contender for president in 2016, says he believes states should decide the issue. Christie opposes same-sex marriage but dropped his administration's legal challenge last year. He says he's been upholding the law allowing gay marriage in his state since then. Christie had avoided commenting on the court's decision at a campaign stop this week.

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MOVEMENT IN OTHER STATES

- Alaska: A federal judge will hear arguments Friday on the first gay marriage ban passed in the U.S., but it wasn't immediately clear when there would be a ruling. The state said the question of whether to define marriage to include gay couples should be decided by citizens, not the courts. Voters approved the ban in 1998.

- Arizona: A federal judge has said a 9th Circuit ruling apparently "controls the outcome" of Arizona's gay marriage ban. The state is covered by the appellate court that struck down bans in Idaho and Nevada. Marriages have not begun in Arizona.

- Arkansas: The state Supreme Court refused to delay a challenge to Arkansas' gay marriage ban, rejecting the state attorney general who had asked the court to put the case on hold.

- Idaho: The governor and attorney general have filed a brief with the U.S. Supreme Court it to maintain an emergency delay on gay weddings pending an appeal.

- Indiana: The University of Notre Dame told employees its granting health care and other benefits to same-sex spouses after the Supreme Court's ruling. The Catholic university's move came Wednesday, a day after the state attorney general said marriage licenses must be issued to gay couples.

- Kansas: The state's most populous county issued a marriage license Friday to a same-sex couple, believed to be the first in the state. But nearly all of the state's other counties have refused to issue marriage licenses to gay couples.

- North Carolina: Republican legislative leaders moved to defend the state's gay marriage ban in court. A federal judge appears poised to strike down the ban approved by North Carolina voters in 2012.

- South Carolina: The state Supreme Court ordered lower state courts to refrain from issuing same-sex marriage licenses until a federal judge decides whether the state constitution's ban on the unions is legal.

- West Virginia: Gay couples have begun receiving marriage licenses after the state's attorney general dropped his fight opposing same-sex unions.

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SO, HOW MANY STATES ALLOW GAY MARRIAGE?

It's a little complicated. Before the Supreme Court's denial, there were 19 states that firmly allowed gay marriage.

The Supreme Court's action Monday added five states, plus six others that were affected because they were in the same federal circuits that appealed. That would make 30 states allowing gay marriage, but some of them are still trying to block it or haven't yet instituted mechanisms for weddings.

A federal appeals court ruled in favor of gay marriage in Idaho and Nevada, bringing the total effectively to 32, but marriages have yet to take place in Idaho.

So, how many states allow gay marriage? Thirty-one, give or take.

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