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The US Supreme Court made a decision on Monday that is hailed as major progress for gay rights nationwide. By declining to hear appeals from five states who wish to reinforce bans on same-sex marriage, it is now legal in Indiana, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia, and Wisconsin. This decision creates a union majority of 30 states and the District of Columbia in favor of same-sex marriage.

The fight for marriage equality continues, with similar bans facing this trend for pro-marriage rulings. If affected circuit courts in those original five states work quickly to dissolve stays, same-sex marriage could be legal almost immediately. Six other states that have similar cases pending now face a Supreme Court decision that is quite explicit. However, if it is decided that those cases are different enough to warrant new appeals, the respective district courts could continue their opposition.

At this point, only time will tell if lower courts are bound by this Supreme Court precedent. Read more here

Arthur Hardy-Doubleday

Author Arthur Hardy-Doubleday

Arthur Hardy-Doubleday practices law in Cambridge and Martha's Vineyard Massachusetts. He works in the areas of Real Estate, Personal Injury, and Consumer Protection Law. When not practicing law, Arthur enjoys sailing, hanging out with friends on the beach, and waking his dog "Ridiculous."

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