John M. Becker

BREAKING: SCOTUS DENIES REVIEW in All Marriage Cases

Filed By John M. Becker | October 06, 2014 9:50 AM | comments

Filed in: Marriage Equality, Politics
Tags: gay marriage, Indiana, marriage equality, Oklahoma, same-sex marriage, SCOTUS, Supreme Court, Utah, Virginia, Wisconsin

supreme-court-side-view.jpgThis just in: the Supreme Court has just denied cert -- i.e. declined to hear arguments -- in all seven marriage equality cases pending before it, challenging discriminatory marriage laws in Wisconsin, Indiana, Utah, Virginia, and Oklahoma.

Since the appeals court rulings in all of those cases came down on the side of marriage equality, it appears that same-sex marriage is now legal in Wisconsin, Indiana, Utah, Virginia, and Oklahoma, and will shortly thereafter be legal in all the states in the Fourth, Seventh, and Tenth Circuits -- Colorado, Kansas, North Carolina, South Carolina, West Virginia, and Wyoming -- because the unconstitutionality of discriminatory marriage laws is now controlling precedent in those circuits. The other states -- Illinois, Maryland, and New Mexico -- already have marriage equality. (Click the image below to enlarge.)

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Holy shit. I don't think anyone expected this, folks. It looks like the Court doesn't want to get involved on marriage equality until there's a circuit split, just like Justice Ginsburg said.

This is not a national victory, but now that pro-equality rulings in the Fourth, Seventh, and Tenth Circuits have been upheld, we've won in a majority of the states -- and that's definitely a huge milestone worth celebrating.

UPDATE: The order list is after the break, via Equality Case Files. See pages 39 and 40.

SCOTUS Order October 6, 2014 by Equality Case Files


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