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Silence is Golden

Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

Inspired by Justices let gay marriages proceed: Rulings stand in Va., 4 other states (Robert Barnes, Washington Post 10/07/14 page A1), Supreme Court Rejects Gay Marriage Appeals From 5 States (Huffington Post 10/06/14 09:52), and GOP Remains (Mostly) Silent on Supreme Court’s Gay Marriage Move (Chuck Todd, NBC.com 10/07/14).

 

“The Supreme Court is, de facto, applying an extremely broad interpretation to the 14th Amendment without saying a word – an action that is likely to have far-reaching consequences. Because of the Court’s decision today, 11 States will likely now be forced to legalize same-sex marriage: Virginia, Indiana, Wisconsin, Oklahoma, Utah, North Carolina, South Carolina, West Virginia, Kansas, Colorado, and Wyoming. And this action paves the way for laws prohibiting same-sex marriage to be overturned in any state.” — Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)

 

Inaction usually is usually bad

And tends to make liberals mad.

 

But sometimes, that same lack of action

Can create a positive chain reaction.

 

That happened Monday when SCOTUS declined to hear the appeal

Of those who want marriage equality rulings to repeal.

 

The Court spoke “without saying a word,”

But Ted Cruz and other right-wingers sure heard.

 

Couples in 11 more states are no longer to marriage discrimination beholden.

Sometimes, silence can be golden.

 

Anti-gay bigotry now doesn’t go over so well,

So except for Ted, Repubs were mostly silent as well.

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Yesterday, the Supreme Court rejected appeals from Indiana, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia, and Wisconsin. That means couples in those states can now immediately marry: the circuit court decisions rejecting gay marriage bans had put marriages on hold until the Supreme Court ruled on the appeal, as it now has by accepting those appeals. Six other states in the same circuits that had not yet adopted marriage equality (Colorado, Kansas, North Carolina, South Carolina, West Virginia, and Wyoming) will now also be forced to allow marriage equality.

There are still cases pending in the 5th, 6th, 9th, and 11th circuit courts. If any of those cases are decided against equality, the Supreme Court will be forced to accept a marriage equality case to resolve the conflict between the circuits. That means that 30 states and the district now have marriage equality.

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