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The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear five gay marriage appeals, effectively making gay marriage legal in five more states.
The High Court denied applications for appeal from Utah, Oklahoma, Wisconsin, Indiana, and Virginia, which means the lower court decisions which struck down gay marriage bans in those states are in effect. The Associated Press reports that six other states will likely have marriage equality soon, with their respective gay marriage decisions only on hold pending the Supreme Court's review.
What does the Supreme Court's refusal to hear gay marriage cases mean?
Five states had appealed their gay marriage cases to the Supreme Court, and now these five states effectively have gay marriage.
It's been more than a year since the Supreme Court's landmark decision in Windsor, which not only gave gay marriages federal recognition, but spawned gay marriage court challenges nationwide. The nation's highest court hasn't reapproached the issue of gay marriage since then, despite calls for it to clarify an increasingly tangled patchwork of marriage laws.
Although the High Court didn't hear these five states' appeals, there are still federal gay marriage cases pending in the 5th and 6th U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeal. Until then, at least 24 states (and Washington, D.C.) now have gay marriage as the law of the land.
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