Sev­en rul­ings from three fed­er­al cir­cuit Courts of Appeals addressed same sex mar­riage in five states, and this was bun­dled for con­sid­er­a­tion to the Unit­ed States Supreme Court. In Octo­ber, just after con­ven­ing for their new term, the Supreme Court declined to address these issues, and thus the orig­i­nal appel­late rul­ings remain in force.