The deciders who've declined to decide. For now.
On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court shocked the hell out of everybody when they declined without comment to hear any of the cases brought before them appealing state bans on gay marriage in Virginia, Oklahoma, Utah, Wisconsin and Indiana. The move made gay marriage legal in those states, but it left Texas and other states in limbo on the issue. It was also the thing no one was expecting from the nine.
"It was a bit of a surprise," Aaron Bruhl, a professor of Constitutional law at the University of Houston, says. "Ordinarily, the court doesn't hear cases when there isn't some clear division in the lower courts, but, given the importance of the question, many people expected they would take this on even in the absence of division."
Of course there was plenty of theorizing about why the justices decided to continue to dodge the whole thing. Were they waiting for more states to make gay marriage legal? Were they just not feeling controversial this term? Were they waiting for one or two of the justices to drop or retire in the hopes that the vote would change?