In declining to hear appeals from five of the most conservative states regarding bans on same sex marriages, the U.S. Supreme Court effectively legalized gay marriage in those states. This according to the October 17, 2014 issue of The Week. The Supreme Court refused to consider challenges to the rulings from three federal courts which struck down marriage restrictions in Indiana, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin.
For the first time in history, the average American is now more likely to live in a state that recognizes same-sex marriage, than one that does not. this is according to the WashingtonPost.com as reported in the August 1, 2014 issue of The Week. Most recently, the issue of whether a same sex marriage sanctioned in another state can be dissolved in Florida in light of Florida's ban on same-sex marriage was certified by the Second District Court of Appeals to the Florida Supreme Court as a question of great public importance.