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U.S. Supreme Court rejects gay marriage appeals

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The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected gay marriage appeals from Indiana and four other states, a move that leaves in place lower court rulings that legalize same-sex unions.

Those rulings had been stayed pending the Supreme Court’s decision but that stay will likely be lifted.

“Our clients are married,” said a tweet from the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana, which represented several same-sex couples in a case challenging Indiana’s ban on gay marriages.

The group plans a press conference for 11 a.m. to discuss the Supreme Court’s decision and its impact.

The state had appealed a 7th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that struck down Indiana’s ban on gay marriage. Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller has said repeatedly that the U.S. Supreme Court needed to act on the issue to make clear whether states have the authority to control marriage laws.

The high court decision not take up the cases means it has not established a national policy. But it does leave in place decisions in the 7th Circuit and others where courts have ruled in favor of gay marriage.

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