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Yesterday, The Supreme Court of the United States denied review in all of the marriage equality cases pending before it. As a result of the Court’s action, same-sex couples in  Indiana, Oklahoma, Utah, Wisconsin, and Virginia will now be able to marry the partners they love. The orders also mean that same-sex marriage will soon become lawful in at least 30 states.

In his decision at the end of July, Judge Henry Floyd wrote: “We recognize that same-sex marriage makes some people deeply uncomfortable. However, inertia and apprehension are not legitimate bases for denying same-sex couples due process and equal protection of the laws.”

Here are some couples celebrating yesterday’s marriage equality victory and making it official in Indiana, Oklahoma, Utah, Wisconsin, and Virginia.


Diane Uliniss and Rhonda Buckne

Arlington residents Diane Uliniss and Rhonda Buckner celebrate that their marriage is now legal. (Photo: Tom Fitzerald, Fox5DC)


Nicole and Lindsey, Virginia Marriage Equality


Rob MacPherson and Steven Stolen

Rob MacPherson, right, and his husband, Steven Stolen, during a news conference at the ACLU in Indianapolis (Michael Conroy/Associate Press)


Jennifer Melsop and Erika Turner

First same-sex marriage outside of the Arlington County Courthouse in Virginia. Jennifer Melsop, left, and Erika Turner, right. (Jabin Botsford/The New York Times)


Suzanne and Kelli


Jennifer Hasler and Karina Tittjung

Jennifer Hasler, left, and Karina Tittjung receiving their marriage license in Oklahoma City, Okla. (Nick Oxford/Reuters)

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Eboné is the founder and Editor of Tagg Magazine. In addition to running a queer women’s publication, she shares her knowledge and passion as a keynote speaker at conferences, schools, and events across the country.