The Supreme Court has refused to hear gay marriage cases. That means that the lower court rulings legalizing same sex marriage (in Virginia, Oklahoma, Utah, Wisconsin, and Indiana) will stand. Not only that, since these were circuit court rulings, the other states in the circuits must also abide by the lower court rulings. That legalizes gay marriage in North Carolina, West Virginia, South Carolina, Wyoming, Kansas and Colorado. Then again, the lower court ruling that upheld Louisiana’s law against same-sex marriage also stands.
So opponents of gay marriage are not pleased by the Supreme Court’s ducking of the issue, but neither are supporters, who had hoped that the court would legalize gay marriage nationwide. [Read more...]