The United States Supreme Court started the Term off at a brisk pace. On October 6 it denied review of seven petitions seeking review of lower court rulings striking state bans on same-sex marriage, which cleared the way for same-sex marriages to begin or resume in those states. It also declined to get involved in the stay of the Texas voter ID law, Senate Bill 14, passed in 2011 and which took effect January 2012.
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