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Supreme Court Gay Marriage Opt-Out Allows Rulings to Stand

By    |   Monday, 06 Oct 2014 12:12 PM

The U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear any cases involving gay marriage this term, allowing rulings favoring same-sex marriage in five states to stand for now.

The high court decision allows appeals courts' decisions allowing gay marriage to essentially take effect, according to National Public Radio. NPR's Nina Totenberg noted that since all the appeals court rulings so far agree, the justice may have felt there was not the usual conflict the court needed to step in.

"Right now, the only cases pending before the court are lower court decisions favoring the right of same-sex couples to marry," said Totenberg. "But a Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals panel, which heard arguments last August in Ohio, sounded as if it might go the other way. If it does, that would provide the kind of traditional conflict the Supreme Court looks to resolve."

The decision still stunned supporters and opponents of same-sex marriage which had hoped the court would decide the issue nationally, according to USA Today. The court was facing decisions made by federal appeals courts on gay marriage bans in Virginia, Indiana, Wisconsin, Oklahoma and Utah. In all of the cases, the court had struck down the bans.

Brian Brown, president of the National Organization for Marriage, told USA Today that his organization is not giving up on the Supreme Court siding with the states, but his organization is already planning for other preemptive challenges that would protect religious freedoms.

"There's a ton that will happen on religious liberty," Brown said. "We're already preemptively moving in this direction. The other side wants to push religious liberty into the four walls of a church."

CNN reported that state and federal judges in the past 12 months have ruled in favor of same-sex marriage 39 times, while two federal rulings upheld existing state laws.

In two 2013 rulings, the Supreme Court seemed to open the door for same sex marriage, first by striking down the federal Defense of Marriage Act and then stating that private parties did not standing to defend a voter-approved gay marriage ban that was struck down by the courts a lower court, reported CNN.

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