On Monday the Supreme Court turned down all pending state appeals in the gay-marriage cases, leaving rulings in five more states that said gays and lesbians have a constitutional right to marry in tact.
The move means that gay marriage will be legal in most of the nation, and it didn’t take a ruling by the high court to make it so.
The justices were expected to rule this term and finally resolve the constitutionality of same-sex marriages. But in the last year, all of the lower courts to rule on the issue have decided in favor of gay marriage.
That left the justices with the option to do nothing for now. And that’s apparently what they have chosen to do. The gay-marriage cases were denied without comment. They were listed among hundreds of other appeals that were denied Monday.
Earlier this year, the high court placed gay marriages in Utah and several other states on hold while the appeals were pending. But those orders will now be lifted since the appeals were denied.
Gay marriage is now legal in Oklahoma, Virginia, Indiana, Wisconsin and Michigan.
States in the Deep South from Florida to Texas still outlaw gay marriage Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee also ban same-sex couples from getting married.
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