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Dominoes fall after SCOTUS rejects marriage appeals

by Mike Andrew – SGN Staff Writer State officials scrambled to respond to the U.S. Supreme Court’s surprise announcement that it was denying review in seven pending marriage appeals. The October 6 ruling effectively increased the number of states where same-sex marriage is legal from 19 to 30. While most states said they would comply with the high court’s apparent intention to stand by lower court rulings legalizing Gay and Lesbian marriages, some officials did so only reluctantly and a few said they would fight to the bitter end to block marriage equality. The day after the Supreme Court announcement, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in marriage cases in Nevada and Idaho, again saying that same-sex couples have an equal right to marry. ‘We hold that the Idaho and Nevada laws at issue violate the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment because they deny lesbians and gays who wish to marry persons o

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