The Supreme Court of U.S. turned away appeals Monday from five states seeking to prohibit same-sex marriages, paving the way for an immediate expansion of gay and lesbian unions.
The justices did not comment in rejecting appeals from Indiana, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin. No other state cases were currently pending with the high court, but the justices stopped short of resolving for now the question of same-sex marriage nationwide.
The court's order immediately ends delays on marriage in those states. Couples in six other states (Colorado, Kansas, North Carolina, South Carolina, West Virginia and Wyoming) should be able to get married in short order. Those states would be bound by the same appellate rulings that were put on hold pending the Supreme Court's review.
The court did not rule on marriage equality for the entire U.S. and can still agree to hear a case, but for now the majority of the U.S. (over 50% of the people) live in areas with marriage equality.
Today’s SCOTUS actions means same-sex couples will soon be able to marry in 30 states, DC, and 10 Native American jurisdictions in U.S.
U.S. Supreme Court's members