The slow shuffle toward marriage equality in the U.S. continued Tuesday when a federal judge struck down Kentucky’s ban on same-sex marriage — only to see the ruling temporarily delayed.
According to The New York Times, Judge John G. Heyburn said that the ban violated the Equal Protection Clause of the U.S. Constitution because it results in different treatment for gay and straight couples. The ruling was a victory in many ways, but one whose payoff is yet to come.
The ruling was delayed, ABC News reports, because a federal appeals court plans to look at similar cases — in Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky and Tennessee — come August. It’s unknown whether Kentucky will be included in that session, but its outcome would affect whether couples in that state can begin tying the knot — and when. The state also plans to appeal the decision.
The news about the ban comes during a period of progress and frustration. The 45th anniversary of the iconic gay rights protest, the Stonewall Riots, just passed, as did Logo’s “Trailblazers” ceremony honoring LGBT pioneers. And then there was the anniversary of DOMA’s death. Meanwhile, far less than half of the U.S. recognizes gay marriage.
Take a look at the map below. Could we soon see a lot less gray? Here’s hoping.