Same Sex Marriage gets victory in Supreme Court


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By Joshua Powers


Same Sex marriage remains legal in five additional states thanks to a non-decision by the United States Supreme Court.

The Supreme Court refused to hear cases, and look at petitions by Indiana, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin on Monday, thus paving the way for the legalization of same sex marriage in those states.

The courts refusal to hear cases in regards to the constitutionality of same sex marriage, it brings to light the possibility that six other states, those being Colorado, North Carolina, South Carolina, Kansas, West Virginia, and Wyoming, will soon follow suit in having their ban lifted due to the fact they are covered by the same circuit court.

Within hours of the decision being made, couples could be seen filing into the courthouse in Virginia Beach to apply for licenses according to CNN. One couple in Richmond, Lindsey Oliver and Nicole Pries had the following to say.

“There’s lot of things that need to be done in Virginia to still make gays equal. This is one step and we’re glad to be a part of it.”

The five states now join nineteen other states and the District of Columbia in allowing the marriage of same sex couples. Supreme court justice Ruth Bader hinted earlier in the year that the court was likely to take a “why wait?” stance on this issue, which could pave the way for other states rulings to be overturned in the near future.

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