The same-sex marriage battle tipped in the favor of gay and lesbian couples last week.
On October 7, 2014, the Supreme Court refused to hear same-sex marriage decisions appealed from the lower courts.
Those courts had ruled in favor of gay marriage, and state Attorneys General and interest groups had filed appeals, hoping to gain support from the Supreme Court justices to ban same-sex marriage once and for all.
Instead, the Supreme Court's refusal to consider the appeals nullifies those appeals and allows the affected states' to proceed to allow same-sex marriages.
In many of the cases under appeal, the lower courts based their decisions on rights guaranteed under the U.S. Constitution. Those judges had ruled in favor of same-sex marriage because to treat people differently based on sexual orientation is tantamount to being unconstitutional unless there were a compelling government need or argument.