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Supreme Court justice: No need for us to intervene on same-sex marriage

Nick Duffy October 20, 2014

US Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg says there is “no need” for the high court to intervene on same-sex marriage.

The justice – who is one of the most liberal in the Court – was speaking after the court this month declined to hear seven pending appeals in marriage ban cases from five states across the US.

The move came despite briefs from a majority of US states and a number of businesses calling for the court to intervene.

Explaining the court’s surprise decision at a forum at the YMCA, Ginsburg said: “When there’s no disagreement among the Courts of Appeals, we don’t step in.

“The major job that the court has is to keep the law of the United States more or less uniform.

“So when the courts of appeals disagree about what the law of the united states is, we are obligated to grant review.

“If there had been a Court of Appeals on the other side, we probably would have taken that case.

“All the Courts of Appeals agree, so there is no crying need for us to step in.”

Ginsburg is one of just two current Supreme Court justices who have performed weddings for same-sex couples, alongside Elena Kagan.

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