2014-10-07T022212Z_1_LYNXNPEA9601X_RTROPTP_2_USA-COURT-GAYMARRIAGE

Supreme Court dodges gay marriage, allowing weddings in five more states

Rachel Baker and Kathy Voigtschild get married by Reverend Lori Walke at a multi-marriage ceremony at Mayflower Congregational Church in Oklahoma City, OklahomaBy Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court declined on Monday to decide once and for all whether states can ban gay marriage, a surprising move that will allow gay men and women to get married in five additional states, with more likely to follow quickly. On the first day of its new term, the high court without comment rejected appeals in cases involving five states – Virginia, Oklahoma, Utah, Wisconsin and Indiana – that had prohibited gay marriage, leaving intact lower-court rulings striking down those bans. …

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