On Monday October 6, the Supreme Court (SCOTUS) rejected to take actions on pending cases from five states requesting immediate review of bans on same-sex marriage. With issuance of the Monday’s order by SCOTUS, the lower courts in Indiana, Utah, Oklahoma, Virginia and Wisconsin will proceed in favor of same-sex marriage and the number of states allowing same-sex wedlock will climb to 24, along with the District of Columbia. Experts who study SCOTUS predicted that it would take some time for SCOTUS to take up the controversy about a constitutional right to same-sex marriage. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s remark also confirmed that it would be too early for SCOTUS to step into this wave of debate before there was a real split ruling by the federal appeals courts.

See Adam Liptak, “Supreme Court Clears Way for Gay Marriage in 5 States“, The New York Times (October 6, 2014)
See also Garry W. Beyer, “Supreme Court Declines Action on Same-Sex Marriage Cases“, Wills, Trust & Estates Prof Blog (October 3, 2014)

Posted by Jiaqi Wang, Associate Editor, Wealth Strategies Journal