US Supreme Court ruling expands gay rights
October 7 , 2014
The US Supreme Court has declined to hear appeals from five states on Monday, October 6, that sought to uphold same-sex marriage bans, effectively paving the way for a significant expansion of gay rights across the country.
The verdict means there won’t be an imminent decision on the constitutionality of same-sex marriage around the country. However, it paved the way for its speedy expansion in 30 states, including the Columbia district.
Hours after the ruling, marriage licences were issued in several conservative states. In five states —Oklahoma, Indiana, Utah, Wisconsin, and Virginia — gay marriage became immediately legal.