SCOTUS Decides to 'Deny Cert' in Five Same-Sex Marriage Cases

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In a historic decision today, the Supreme Court declined to review five same-sex marriage appeals upholding the decisions of lower appeals courts, which ruled the bans unconstitutional. And with same-sex marriage now legal in 30 states, many counties already started issuing marriage licenses in the wake of today's decision.

Almost immediately, stay orders, which blocked the implementation of same-sex marriage laws, were lifted, according to Common Dreams. And it ended any delays on such marriages in Indiana, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin. Not only does this pave the way for same-sex couples to wed in these states, the Supreme Court's decision will make it likely that six more states will be added to the list—Colorado, Kansas, North Carolina, South Carolina, West Virginia and Wyoming—because they fall under the jurisdiction of appeals courts that ruled the ban unconstitutional.

According to a report by Lyle Denniston on SCOTUSblog, he stated that "with no report on how any Justice voted," the court refused to review the five appeal cases that appeared before them and instead was prepared to lift any order that stopped same-sex marriage.

 


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