Supreme Court declines to intervene in gay marriage cases

opponents of gay marriage in Salt Lake CityBy Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to take up the hotly contested issue of gay marriage, a surprise move that will allow gay men and women to marry in five states where same-sex weddings were previously banned. By rejecting appeals in cases involving Virginia, Oklahoma, Utah, Wisconsin and Indiana, the court left intact lower-court rulings that struck down bans in those states. …

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