EqualityOnTrial began as Prop8TrialTracker -- an impromptu liveblog in a California courtroom five years ago -- and has developed into the leading source of readable, informative news on marriage equality challenges taking place around the country. Thirty three states still block marriage equality, and in almost every state, legal challenges have been filed by same-sex couples and legal organizations. There can be no doubt that the future of marriage equality in the United States is one that will predominantly take place in the courts and not in the legislatures.
When the Supreme Court stayed a Utah district court's ruling striking down the state's ban, it brought to an abrupt halt the brief two-week period of marriage equality in one of the nation's reddest and most religious states. All eyes now turn from Washington, D.C. to Denver, where the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals plans to hear oral arguments as early as March 17.
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