A federal appeals court on Friday blocked a state’s attempt to force the state’s clerks to issue licenses to same-sex couples in defiance of a federal ruling.
In a 6-2 decision, the 11th U.N. Court of Appeals sided with the state of Illinois in a case brought by a lesbian couple.
The justices said the U.s.
Supreme Courts decision upholding the ban on gay marriage was not binding on state courts.
They said the issue was not on the states constitutional right to determine whether to recognize same-gender marriages or not.
The couples in the case, David and Karen Obergefell, asked the court to hear their appeal of a U..
S.-imposed stay of the ruling by a federal judge who ruled the ban unconstitutional in June 2015.
They sought to have the case put on hold pending the outcome of the Supreme Court’s decision.
The appeals court ruled that Illinois was required to issue the licenses.
It said that Illinois would be prohibited from denying the licenses to any same- or opposite-sex couple, including those who live in the same state as the couples or married couples who are in states that recognize gay marriage.
The court also said that in such cases, the licenses could be invalidated and that the licenses would be invalid if issued in states where same- and opposite-gender couples are barred from marriage.
The state said it was in the process of determining whether to appeal the decision.
“While the Court of Appeal has determined that Illinois is in violation of the federal decision in Obergefels case, we do not have a firm answer to the question whether Illinois is legally required to continue to deny licenses to individuals and couples in violation the Obergevfell ruling,” Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan said in a statement.
The U. and U.K. countries have legal recognition of same- sex marriages, and there is widespread support for same- gender unions in many other countries.
The U. S. has no gay marriage bans.
In Oberge’s case, the state said that it could not provide a list of couples who would qualify for marriage licenses and that it did not intend to deny the licenses based on sexual orientation.
The couples argued that the Oberges’ marriage is a valid and protected union.
“We are disappointed in the court’s refusal to hear this appeal,” said Brian Gelfond, an attorney for the couple.
“It is unfortunate that this issue has become the subject of the courts’ most recent decision, which is an important step forward for equality in the U