Indiana Gov. Mike Pence is expected to sign a bill that allows business owners to refuse same-sex wedding clients who want to buy goods such as this cake topper.

As state prepares appeal, Utah same-sex couples rush to wed

(RNS) For now, a state considered as one of the most conservative in the nation, has joined the likes of California and New York where same-sex couples can legally wed. Legal experts say that even if a judge halts the weddings, the licenses that have already been issued will likely still be valid.

Both sides brace for Supreme Court battle on gay marriage

WASHINGTON (RNS) The Supreme Court's long-awaited decisions to hear challenges to the federal Defense of Marriage Act and California's Proposition 8 ban on same-sex marriage move the issue to the top of the national agenda following a year in which advocates scored major legal and political victories. By Richard Wolf / USA Today.

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Appeals court strikes down California ban on same-sex marriage

LOS ANGELES (RNS) The appeals court's decision upheld a 2010 ruling by U.S. District Court Judge Vaughn Walker, saying that “although the Constitution permits communities to enact most laws they believe to be desirable, it requires that there be at least a legitimate reason for the passage of a law that treats different classes of people differently.” By David Finnigan.