I am not yet sure what exactly this decision by the Supreme Court means. I am trying to find information and do a little more research on it. My first response was a disappointed shock, as in, “Why have John Roberts as Chief Justice if he is unconcerned about important social issues such as the definition of marriage?”
However, as I have thought about the matter a little more, I have begun to suspect that there are mitigating circumstances here, particularly because the case is centered in Washington, D.C. The case ends up being about the legality of a referendum as much as it is about the state of gay marriage. While it is possible–even in D. C.–that a referendum would support traditional marriage (as happened in California), it is still not necessarily the case that Bishop Harry Jackson’s appeal for a referendum is legally clear. Thus, the SCOTUS would be wise not to wade into a district legal matter.
I am not sure. If anyone has better information, please let us know about it. I hope to follow up with a better response to the news that Justice Roberts chose not to review this case. Washington, D. C., has been granting marriage licenses since 2009 by vote of the city council.