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Another thing the Supreme Court can't agree on

Another thing the Supreme Court can't agree on

Maybe you were in a cave and missed the news: The Supreme Court came back from summer recess  Oct. 5 and surprised a lot of folks by denying five petitions for writs of certiorari related to same-sex marriage.  The court's "no" amounted to a "yes" – by denying the petitions, it spread legal gay marriage far and wide across the land.

It also spread that word, "certiorari," far and wide. Writs of certiorari are the everday business of the Supreme Court. Most of its cases come to it via petitions for such writs, which higher courts use to request case files for review from lower courts.