WASHINGTON, D.C. - Five states - including Wisconsin - are joining Minnesota in legalizing same-sex marriage. That's after the U.S. Supreme court today (Monday) refused to hear appeals from those states seeking to prohibit gay marriage.

Phil Kronebusch is a political science professor at the College of St. Benedict and St. John's University. He says it remains uncertain whether the Supreme Court will hear arguments related to a federal position on same-sex marriage.

He says the lower courts have generally all been in agreement in forbidding a gay marriage ban.

Today's action means same-sex marriage is now legal in 30 states and the District of Columbia.

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker says the fight over gay marriage in Wisconsin is over.