Thousands of gay couples in the United States are now able to marry thanks to a historic Supreme Court decision today (6 October).
The high court turned down same-sex marriage appeals from five states – Indiana, Utah, Oklahoma, Virginia and Wisonsin. Gay marriage is now legal there and couples can begin to get their marriage licenses.
By rejecting the appeals in these cases, the court left intact lower-court rulings that ruled same-sex marriage bans were unconstitutional.
In all likelihood, other states under the jurisdiction of appeals courts that struck down the bans will also be affected.
This means the number of US states with same-sex marriage laws is likely to jump from 19 to 30 – possibly in a matter of days.
SCOTUS was expected to hear at least one of the cases, shocking many court-watchers.
Practically, today SCOTUS recognized a right to SSM. Implausible that later it will undo marriages, absent a big change in Ct’s membership.
— SCOTUSblog (@SCOTUSblog) October 6, 2014