More victories this week in some very conservative states. We're now closer than ever to the start of marriage equality in Arkansas and Mississippi. Florida is refusing to issue drivers' licenses to a gay couple after they married and changed their last name. And support for marriage equality has skyrocketed in Wyoming.
This week's big wins were in Arkansas and Mississippi. In both states, federal district court judges ruled that marriage bans are unconstitutional. But they also imposed a stay on their decisions so that the states will have time to appeal. Both of those appeals are going to be a little complicated. The Arkansas case will go to the Eighth Circuit, but there's also a separate marriage case before the Arkansas Supreme Court right now. They could rule at any time, and it's hard to say how that decision would affect the federal case.
In Mississippi, the case will go to the Fifth Circuit. Oral argument is already scheduled for early January in the Fifth Circuit for cases in Louisiana and Texas. So if the state moves fast, the Mississippi case might join them. Attorney General Jim Hood and Gov. Phil Bryant have already filed a notice of appeal.
There's a new lawsuit in Florida. The state cancelled the drivers' licenses of a gay couple after they married in New York and hyphenated their last name. Even though it's their new legal name, the state of Florida is refusing to recognize it, so they've sued.
Over in Wyoming, a new survey shows support for marriage equality is up to 53 percent, vs. 39 percent opposed. That's a big jump from 10 years ago, when support was at just 24 percent.
And in Michigan, Attorney General Bill Schuette has asked the Supreme Court not to take up a marriage case and thus allow the state's marriage ban to remain in place. The Supreme Court could make a decision about whether to hear the Michigan case any day now.