The effects are good: the court has denied appeals on same sex marriage rulings.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to take up the hotly contested issue of gay marriage, a surprise move that will allow gay men and women to marry in five states where same-sex weddings were previously banned.
By rejecting appeals in cases involving Virginia, Oklahoma, Utah, Wisconsin and Indiana, the court left intact lower-court rulings that struck down bans in those states.
Other states under the jurisdiction of appeals courts that struck down the bans will also be affected, meaning the number of states with gay marriage is likely to quickly jump from 19 to 30.
It would have been entertaining and infuriating to watch the Catholic fossils on the court wrestle with a problem that all rational people have already resolved, but it’s also about time to quit playing games with people’s lives and move on already.
But only 30? Twenty states clearly need to get their act together.