Amid all the good news in the wake of the Supreme Court ruling in favor of nationwide marriage equality, there have been pockets of resistance in a number of states. In those areas, same-sex couples have been refused marriages licenses and turned away. In several states, political leaders have encouraged clerks not to comply with the Supreme Court ruling, or have sent mixed messages to stall the proceedings.
Now, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals has sent a message to the kickers and screamers in Mississippi, Texas, and Louisiana:
“Obergefell, in both its Fourteenth and First Amendment iterations, is the law of the land and, consequently, the law of this circuit and should not be taken lightly by actors within the jurisdiction of this court,” Judge Jerry Smith wrote for a three-judge panel of the 5th Circuit Court.
In other words, the 5th Circuit has instructed those states to get in line with the ruling and to do in promptly. One of the Louisiana plaintiffs is in declining health, for instance. For that couple and others like them, justice delayed is truly justice denied. Time is of the essence.
More on what's going on in the reluctant states: http://www.towleroad.com/2015/07/5th-circuit-court-obergefell-law-land-not-taken-lightly/
Also, Rachel Maddow had a good, clarifying segment last night on where things stand. It includes an interview with Douglas Hallward-Driemeier, who, along with Mary Bonauto, represented our side before the Supreme Court.
As Roberta Kaplan, attorney for the Mississippi plaintiffs, sums it up to the holdouts: