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Washington (AFP) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday turned away an appeal by same-sex couples seeking to legally marry in Louisiana, but was silent on challenges to bans in four other U.S. states.

The nine justices refused to take up the challenge to the Louisiana ban “before judgement” by a lower court of appeal, which leaves the door open to the court’s taking up the case later.

They made no comment on challenges to same-sex marriage bans in the other four states, possibly holding off on an announcement until after it meets again behind closed doors on Friday.

In these cases, an appeals court has already upheld bans in Michigan, Ohio, Tennessee and Kentucky.

If the top court does take up those cases, its ruling could impact all 14 U.S. states that currently forbid same-sex marriage.

If the court decides to take up any of the cases, it would hear arguments in the spring and hand down a decision by the end of June.

Having struck down a federal law defining marriage as between a man and a woman in June 2013, the Supreme Court must now decide whether the U.S. constitution guarantees homosexuals the right to marry.

In the United States, where marriage laws fall under state jurisdictions, gay marriage is legal in 36 of the 50 states, as well as the District of Columbia.

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Proud Boys demonstrator

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Reprinted with permission from DailyKos

It's become apparent that, even as Donald Trump tries to deny reality and continue claiming he won the election, the hate group that he ordered, on national television, to "stand back and stand by" now considers (per leadership's statements that "standby order has been rescinded," as well as other threatening statements on social media) those orders null and void: The Proud Boys are now playing the role of Trump's goon-squad defenders in the streets—and appear unlikely to stop anytime soon.

Following the initial burst of Proud Boy violence in Washington, D.C., during and after the "Million MAGA March" of November 14, the familiar black-and-yellow polos, red MAGA hats and thug tactics have been showing up on the streets of Raleigh, North Carolina; Sacramento, California; and Staten Island, New York. At each event, brawls broke out amid overheated rhetoric, much of it in Trump's defense.

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