The Supreme Court on Monday unexpectedly dismissed appeals from five states seeking to keep their same-sex marriage bans, a move that effectively expanded the right of gay couples to marry to 30 states.
The announcement — a decade after Massachusetts became the first state to approve same-sex marriage — meant that a much-awaited final showdown over the legality of same-sex marriage nationwide may not get settled this term. But the immediate impact of the court’s action still proved dramatic.
It set off a flurry of ceremonies and social-media celebrations in five states where gay marriage was suddenly legal, and anticipation in six more likely to be affected by the decision.
Think about it–two years ago (October 2012) there were 6 states and DC where same-sex marriage was legal; this decision means there are now 24 with 6 almost guaranteed to follow. Wow.