In a huge decision, the Supreme Court rejected appeals in same-sex marriage cases in five states, opening the door for couples in Wisconsin, Virginia, Utah, Oklahoma, and Indiana to wed.
As Reuters explains, today's surprise ruling implies that high courts will not interfere with low-level rulings:
By rejecting appeals in cases involving Virginia, Oklahoma, Utah, Wisconsin and Indiana, the court left intact lower-court rulings that had struck down the bans in those states. But the high court's action means there will be no imminent national ruling on the issue, with litigation in states where gay marriage is still banned likely to continue.
Reuters adds that the decision could impact other states, as well:
Other states under the jurisdiction of appeals courts that have struck down the bans will also be affected by the Supreme Court's decision, meaning the number of states with gay marriage is likely to quickly jump from 19 to 30. The other states would be North Carolina, West Virginia, South Carolina, Wyoming, Kansas and Colorado.
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