Gay Pride RainbowWASHINGTON (AP) _ The fastest and surest path to marriage for same-sex couples in some states would be for the Supreme Court to surprise everyone and decline to get involved in the issue right now. A Supreme Court decision to reject calls from all quarters to take up same-sex marriage would allow gay and lesbian couples in 11 more states, including in Virginia, to get married because appellate rulings affecting those states would take effect immediately. That would make same-sex marriage legal in 30 states and the District of Columbia. Yet legal experts think the court will step in and decide gay marriage cases this term. The cases were on the agenda for the justices’ private meeting Monday about new cases to hear this term. The court could announce a decision as early as this week.