This week the Supreme Court announced it will not rule on marriage equality. At least not yet.
This means that the five states with cases pending, as well as six other states affected by those cases, can allow same-sex couples to get married.
The lower courts had ruled in favor of marriage equality, so until the Supreme Court makes a decision above them, those rulings stand. But before we go any further, we just have to say that the fact that there are separate laws for humans over loving other humans is just plain laughable. While marriage or being gay may not affect you directly, there are many reasons why it’s important these bans are lifted, such as:
1) the ability to have your spouse visit and/or stay by your side at the hospital.
2) special tax breaks
3) shared insurance and retirement benefits
4) ability to claim an inheritance
The Supreme Court is most likely waiting for a decision from the lower courts that would contradict previous rulings. This would create – as the Notorious R.B.G noted – a bigger sense of urgency for the SCOTUS to step in and decide on the issue.
So while we don’t know why the Supreme Court decided to pass this time around, we could read it as a sign that America is finally moving toward nationwide marriage equality.
Credit: Tina Santomauro and Andrea Torres