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A Florida judge granted Florida's first same-sex divorce on Wednesday, simultaneously striking down the state's refusal to recognize out-of-state gay marriages.

Heather Brassner and Megan Lade were joined in a Vermont civil union in 2002, but Brassner has tried unsuccessfully to untie the knot in Florida for the last five years. The Associated Press reports that Circuit Judge Dale Cohen dissolved Brassner and Lade's union after recognizing their marriage as legal, which required declaring that "out-of-state marriages should be recognized in Florida."

How does this gay divorce decision square with Florida's other gay marriage cases?

December 15 is recognized as Bill of Rights Day, a time when we reflect on the ratification of the Bill of Rights on December 15, 1791.

The Bill of Rights contains some of our most cherished civil rights and some of the foundations of our legal system, so it only seems right to remember the first 10 amendments to the U.S. Constitution in some fashion.

So how did Bill of Rights Day come to be recognized?

Luggage can be a complication any time you travel. But traveling with guns can make things even more difficult.

Gun regulations can vary widely by state and even by city, and these are in addition to federal regulations. Thus, being sure to check the regulations of the specific states and cities you are visiting is critical when traveling nationwide with a gun.

But what else do you need to know about traveling with guns? Here are three tips:

Gay marriage bans in Arkansas and Mississippi were struck down as unconstitutional in separate federal courts late Tuesday.

Within hours of each other, Judges Kristine Baker in Little Rock, Arkansas and Carlton Reeves in Jackson, Mississippi ruled that their respective state's ban on same-sex marriage violated the constitutional guarantee of equal protection under the law. Reuters reports that as of Tuesday, there are 35 states where gay marriage is legal, but these rulings may bump up that number.

What should Americans know about the gay marriage rulings in Arkansas and Mississippi?

South Carolina's gay marriage ban was ruled unconstitutional today by a federal judge.

The ruling was stayed until November 20 to allow South Carolina a chance to appeal, but that seems unlikely given a decision by the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in late July which ruled for gay marriage in Virginia. Both Virginia and South Carolina are governed by the laws of the 4th Circuit, so it may be a short time before same-sex couples are marrying in South Carolina.

But until then, what should you know about this South Carolina gay marriage decision?

Gay marriage bans in Kansas and Missouri were struck down by federal and state courts, respectively, this week. However, a ruling by the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld bans on gay marriage in Kentucky, Tennessee, Ohio, and Michigan.

On Wednesday, CNN reports that a St. Louis circuit judge struck down Missouri's prohibition on same-sex marriage, ordering officials to issue marriage licenses to gay couples seeking to get married. In neighboring Kansas, Reuters reports that a federal judge ruled Tuesday that the state's ban on gay marriage was unconstitutional, giving the state one week to file an appeal.

What do these gay marriage rulings mean for residents of Kansas, Missouri, and the four states within the 6th Circuit?

In case you missed it, Wyoming became the 32nd state to legalize gay marriage, with the state's attorney general giving his OK last week.

According to Reuters, a federal district court struck down the Equality State's same-sex marriage ban in mid-October, but stayed its ruling to give the state time to appeal. But Wyoming Attorney General Peter Michael decided against appealing the decision, allowing gay marriage to proceed last Tuesday.

What does America's gay marriage picture look like now?

Everyone from Ohio knows that "toward the lake" means north, and "toward the river" means south. In Ohio, when someone asks you how far away something is, you respond in minutes, not miles ("it's about 15 minutes from here"), and the University of Michigan is your mortal enemy.

When visiting the Buckeye State, if there's one thing you have to know, it's that candy buckeyes are delicious and real buckeyes are poisonous. Oh, and don't forget to keep these 10 laws in mind too:

Alaska has become the latest state to have its gay marriage ban overturned by a federal judge, following a major decision by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

On Sunday, U.S. District Court Judge Timothy Burgess found that Alaska's gay marriage ban violated the Due Process and Equal Protection clauses of the Fourteenth Amendment of the Constitution, and ordered all state agents to not enforce the law. CNN reports that Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell announced his intention to appeal the court's ruling, citing his "duty to defend and uphold the law and the Alaska Constitution."

What is the state of gay marriage now?

Idaho and Nevada's gay marriage bans were struck down by a federal appellate court Tuesday, making same-sex marriage in five more states that much closer to reality.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that gay marriage bans in both Idaho and Nevada violated same-sex couples' rights to equal protection under the Fourteenth Amendment, reports The Associated Press. Not only did the laws deny gays and lesbians the right to marry, but they did not meet the higher level of scrutiny applied to laws that discriminate based on sexual orientation, the court found.

How did the 9th Circuit come to strike down Idaho and Nevada's gay marriage laws?