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Supreme Court Decides Against Upholding Same-Sex Marriage Ban

( A history effecting decision has been made by the Supreme Court on Monday, October 6th. The hearing was initiated by five states, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia, Wisconsin and Indiana attempting to get backing to keep their same-sex marriage bans in place.

The decision was not a decision for or against same-sex marriage, it was simply a refusal to hear the cases to uphold the banning of them in these 5 states. This decision, or lack thereof, in turn automatically rejects their appeal. At this time a ruling imposing same-sex marriage legal for all 50 states is not likely, but this is a step toward that since banning is not being supported. Same-sex couples from some of the five states, eager to get married rushed out to apply for marriage licenses today after the decision.

This decision in a roundabout manner supports the idea that the same-sex marriage is the constitutional right of gay and lesbian couples. This is believed to pave the way for those outside of the 19 states in which same sex-marriage is already permitted.

Attorney General Kamala D. Harris issued the following statement on the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to deny review in all five pending same-sex marriage cases:

“Today’s decision by the U.S. Supreme Court is a significant victory in the fight for marriage equality. Those circuit courts that are still considering this issue should swiftly join those that have already ruled in favor of equality. There are many gay and lesbian couples across the country who are still waiting to realize their full civil rights, and I urge the courts to move quickly to ensure that every American has the right to marry the person they love.”

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