4. US Supreme Court rejects gay marriage appeals

  • Court rejects appeals from five U.S states seeking to prohibit same sex marriages.
  • Ruling by top court means lower courts findings that gay marriage bans were unconstitutional hold. 
  • Decision means gay marriage will go forward almost immediately in five states who had brought appeal; Indiana, Virginia, Utah, Wisconsin and Oklahoma and eventually in six further states who fall into the relevant appellate circuits. 
  • Gay marriage now legal in 30 U.S states and the District of Colombia.