There are lawsuits in the works in 31 states to overturn the last of the same sex-marriage bans that still exist across America. The last state where gays have filed for judicial relief is North Dakota, where on Friday seven couples asked a federal judge to overturn the state's 2004 voter amendment making gay marriage illegal.
While some lawsuits are in the beginning stages of litigation, many states have already issued landmark decisions, with the past month marking some triumphant wins.
On the same day the suit was filed in North Dakota, a decision came in Wisconsin, where U.S. District Court Judge Barbara Crabb ruled the same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional. Of course, in many states where judges rule in favor of gay marriage, it’s only a matter of time before the decision is appealed. So GLAAD created a handy map that shows the current (and rapidly changing) status of gay marriage across the country. There are 11 states where the same-sex marriage ban has been overturned but an appeal is pending.
Until more unanimous thought prevails, a national patchwork of judges, each of whom weighed gay marriage bans, have been issuing opinions that can sometimes read like inspired moments of activist speech. Here are some of our favorites, and we don't mind if all those states that still ban gay marriage crib from these decisions.