U.S. Supreme Court Declines To Take Up Gay Marriage Cases

@AFP
U.S. Supreme Court Declines To Take Up Gay Marriage Cases

Washington (AFP) – The U.S. Supreme Court declined Monday to hear gay marriage cases from five states, opening the door to more same-sex weddings while putting off a nationwide decision on the hot-button issue.

The court opted not to take up cases in five states — Indiana, Utah, Virginia, Wisconsin and Oklahoma — in which state-level bans on same-sex marriage were deemed unconstitutional.

Marriages in those states had been on hold pending the high court’s decision on whether to hear the cases.

Nineteen states already recognize marriage equality, after the Supreme Court last year ruled that under federal law, wedded same-sex couples were entitled to the same rights and privileges as heterosexual ones.

The Human Rights Campaign, a prominent gay rights organization in Washington, said Monday’s development meant that same-sex couples in the five states “will soon be able to legally marry.”

The court also left in place rulings in three federal judicial districts, or circuits, “meaning couples in West Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Kansas, Colorado and Wyoming will soon be able to marry as well,” it said.

“Today is a joyous day for thousands of couples across America who will immediately feel the impact of today’s Supreme Court action,” said Human Rights Campaign president Chad Griffin.

But Griffin cautioned that “a complex and discriminatory patchwork of marriage laws” remains, including state-level bans on gay marriage.

“The only acceptable solution is nationwide marriage equality and we recommit to ourselves to securing that ultimate victory as soon as possible,” he said in a statement.

AFP Photo/Saul Loeb

Start your day with National Memo Newsletter

Know first.

The opinions that matter. Delivered to your inbox every morning

Dave McCormick

Dave McCormick

David McCormick, who is Pennsylvania's presumptive Republican U.S. Senate nominee, has often suggested he grew up poor in a rural community. But a new report finds that his upbringing was far more affluent than he's suggested.

Keep reading...Show less
Reproductive Health Care Rights

Abortion opponents have maneuvered in courthouses for years to end access to reproductive health care. In Arizona last week, a win for the anti-abortion camp caused political blowback for Republican candidates in the state and beyond.

Keep reading...Show less
{{ post.roar_specific_data.api_data.analytics }}