Yesterday, the United States Supreme Court denied cert. on federal court appeal decisions that struck down bans on same-sex marriage. This decision (or lack thereof) meant same-sex couples could begin wedding in five more states.
The Supreme Court let decisions stand from federal appeals courts in the Fourth, Seventh, and Tenth Circuits that struck down bans on same-sex marriage in Indiana, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia, and Wisconsin. Other states that ban same-sex marriage but are under the jurisdiction of one of these three federal appeals courts – Colorado, Kansas, North Carolina, South Carolina, West Virginia, and Wyoming – will likely follow suit and strike down their bans. To date, twenty-four (24) states allow same-sex marriage, and that number will likely increase.
The Supreme Court’s decision to deny cert. allows more same-sex couples to marry, but does not provide the national recognition of marriage equality needed for same-sex couples who live in states that continue to discriminate their marriage rights.
It is likely that the U.S. Supreme Court will grant cert. on a marriage equality case. It is also likely that, at that time, a majority of states in the U.S. will already recognize marriage equality.