At first you might think it a negative that the US Supreme Court refused to hear five gay marriage cases this term.
The Supreme Court on Monday turned away appeals from five states looking to prohibit gay marriage, effectively legalizing same-sex marriage in those states and likely others -- but also leaving the issue unresolved nationally.
The justices rejected appeals from Indiana, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin. The court's order immediately ends delays on gay marriage in those states.
Couples in six other states -- Colorado, Kansas, North Carolina, South Carolina, West Virginia and Wyoming -- also should be able to get married in short order. Those states would be bound by the same appellate rulings that were put on hold pending the Supreme Court's review. That would make same-sex marriage legal in 30 states and the District of Columbia.
So they haven't "finished the job". So what. The nationwide trend on this is clear and we will have only the smallest bumps ahead as more lower courts find that what SCOTUS did in the Federal decisions applies in their jurisdictions as well. More than half the population now lives in a jurisdiction that permits same-sex marriage. Or as more States decide to legalize same-sex marriage and nobody complains (at the legal level).
This is what happened with Loving v. Virginia too. Perhaps Roe v. Wade as well?
SCOTUS waiting for tides to turn in a particular direction within the country has precedent. And today, they announced they will not try to move that tide, they will watch it. And that is a good thing.
Today was a win for civil rights and I'm going to celebrate it as such.