Boo-Yah: The Supreme Court Turns Down Five State Appeals Seeking To Ban Gay Marriage

Seemingly out of nowhere, a important victory for marriage equality arrived today as the Supreme Court rejected bids from Indiana, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin to ban gay marriage, refusing to address cases in which their federal appeals courts decided that the Constitution affords same-sex couples the same marriage rights as straight couples. Basically, those five states took the issue of gay marriage tot he highest court in the land, after their own lower courts ruled that banning gay marriage was unconstitutional, and the Supreme Court was all “NOPE SORRY, NOT LISTENING.” While offering no explanation, this decision makes gay marriage effectively legal in 30 out of 50 states. It also, of course, allows SCOTUS to maintain that the issue of gay marriage is a states rights issue, and while I would seriously prefer they just stand up and make gay marriage as legal as straight marriage, across the board, I suppose when all they’ll allow is baby steps towards progress, baby steps is what we’ll have to take. [Think Progress]