(NBC News) – A decision earlier this week by the U.S. Supreme Court not to act on same sex marriage is causing a lot of confusion. Four days later, couples in states where marriage is supposed to be legal can’t get licenses.
By our count, there are now 27 states where same-sex marriage is legal – 23 where it’s not. In some cases, that’s changing by the hour.
Idaho started issuing licenses, some couples who got a license, couldn’t get married later the same day because the U.S. Supreme Court had put things on hold.
In Nevada, mistakes at the appeals and U.S. Supreme Courts left things in limbo. Late Thursday, Nevada finally got the green light.
A state senator and his partner were first to tie the knot.
South Carolina County Clerks are waiting on a federal court to give the go-ahead.
Some blame the state’s attorney general. “He might as well be standing in front of this door telling me I can’t get my marriage license; it’s the exact same thing,” said Councilwoman Colleen Condon, Charleston County, SC.
West Virginia’s attorney general dropped his opposition. “I have to respect Supreme Court decisions and precedents whether you like it or not,” said West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey.
Shortly after, Casie McGhee and Sarah Adkins made history. “It’s just nice to finally have that legal protection to go with our actual family,” said McGhee.
In Kansas, one county is issuing licenses while the rest of the state waits.
Still, some couples are reluctant. Changing the law, they say, doesn’t change attitudes. “Still people can lose their jobs and be denied service just because of who they are,” said Michael Poppa, Equality Kansas.
Some lawmakers argue this is exactly what should be happening. State’s rights – each state making its own decision on whether or not to accept same-sex marriage.