U.S. Supreme Court Declines Review of Same-Sex Marriage Cases

In a surprising decision, the U.S. Supreme Court announced today that it will not review any of the federal courts of appeals decisions finding same-sex marriage bans in Virginia, Oklahoma, Indiana, Utah, and Wisconsin unconstitutional.

Same-sex marriages were put on hold in these five states and in other states covered by the federal appeals courts’ decisions pending U.S. Supreme Court review. This announcement appears to clear the way for same-sex marriages to begin immediately in not only Virginia, Oklahoma, Indiana, Utah, and Wisconsin, but also in Colorado, Wyoming, Kansas, West Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina.

With this announcement, the Supreme Court puts off a determination of whether same-sex marriage is constitutional in all 50 states, leaving the constitutionality of same-sex marriage bans for the lower courts to decide.