While more people are showing support for same-sex marriage, the Supreme Court made the decision Monday to not get involved with any appeals court decisions over same-sex marriage and allow these courts to decide how their states should move forward.
As a result of their refusal to get involved, five additional states have been added to the list of 19 others who allow same-sex marriage. These five new states are Indiana, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia, and Wisconsin, according to Reuters. The appeals courts who rule over these states have already ruled in favor of same-sex marriage in the past.
Six other states, who fall under the jurisdiction of those appeals courts, may also be affected by this decision and they may see same-sex marriage soon. These six are Colorado, Kansas, North Carolina, South Carolina, West Virginia, and Wyoming.
“The court’s letting stand these victories means that gay couples will soon share in the freedom to marry in 30 states,” said president of the Freedom to Marry organization, Evan Wolfson, according to USA Today. “But we are one country, with one Constitution, and the court’s delay in affirming the freedom to marry nationwide prolongs the patchwork of state-to-state discrimination and the harms and indignity that the denial of marriage still inflicts on too many couples in too many places.”
Chad Griffin, the president of the Human Rights Campaign, said, according to the BBC, “Today is a joyous day for thousands of couples across America who will immediately feel the impact of today’s Supreme Court action.”
This is not the first time the Supreme Court has made a decision which has suggested support for same-sex marriage. Last year, the Supreme Court invalidated parts of a law which denied legally married same-sex partners spousal benefits.
All of the small victories for those in support of same-sex marriage make many believe the Supreme Court will soon make a decision which will tackle the issue nationwide.