The US supreme court paved the way for a sweeping expansion of gay rights across the United States on Monday, declining to hear appeals from five states seeking to uphold bans on same-sex marriage.

The court’s unexpected decision means that same-sex marriage becomes legal in Indiana, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin, where states had been appealing defeats in the lower courts.

Couples in six other states – Colorado, Kansas, North Carolina, South Carolina, West Virginia and Wyoming – should be able to get married in “short order”, the Associated Press reported. Those states are covered by the jurisdictions of the courts involved in the defeated appeals.

Written by Dan Roberts
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