CHICAGO (CBS/AP) — On the first day of its new term, the U.S. Supreme Court has rejected appeals from Indiana, Wisconsin, and three other states that sought to prohibit same-sex marriage.
WBBM Newsradio Political Editor Craig Dellimore reports the nation’s highest court has yet to rule on same-sex marriage nationwide, but the justices without comment turned away appeals from five states seeking to ban the practice.
The move effectively clears the way for same-sex couples to obtain marriage licenses in Indiana, Wisconsin, Utah, Oklahoma, and Virginia.
Same-sex couples in six other states – Colorado, Kansas, North Carolina, South Carolina, West Virginia, and Wyoming – should also be able to get married, as their states were bound by federal appeals court rulings that were put on hold, pending the Supreme Court’s decision on the five cases it declined to hear on Monday.
That decision means same-sex marriage is now legal in 30 states, and the District of Columbia.