From Washington to Miami, the nation’s top court has been split on whether to allow a Florida law to go into effect.
In one state, the Florida Supreme Court ruled the state’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional, but it’s not clear if that’s the same in the nation as a whole.
In New York, the state supreme court struck down the state law, but that hasn’t stopped President Donald Trump from signing it into law.
Here’s how the states have voted on gay marriage.
A coalition of attorneys general sued the state of Florida over the law.
They argued that the ban violates the U.S. Constitution’s equal protection clause, which prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation.
But a panel of the court sided with the state in the case, and said the ban is constitutional under the U and state constitutions.
But the state argued it’s a violation of its religious freedom protections.
The Supreme Court heard oral arguments on Thursday in a case that could set precedent for states to ban same-gender marriage in the future.
In the ruling, Chief Justice John Roberts wrote, “No one in this nation enjoys the protection of religious liberty protected by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution.
It is precisely because we cherish that freedom that we protect it.”
The court ruled that states could not bar same- gender couples from marrying.
The justices will consider the case in the coming months.
The court will hear arguments from the other three justices who are expected to take part in the same- sex marriage ruling.
In a statement, a spokesperson for Gov.
Rick Scott said the state will continue to fight to ensure equal rights for Florida residents.
“As I said from the beginning, Florida is committed to the equal protection of all our citizens,” said Scott.
“I look forward to this case going forward and am pleased that the state Supreme Court agreed that the law in question does not violate the constitutional guarantee of religious freedom.”
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