The court on Wednesday listed gay marriage petitions from five states – Indiana, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin – for consideration at its Sept. 29 private conference. Officials in those states are asking the court to decide whether state bans on same-sex marriage are constitutional.Maybe the U.S. Supreme Court will hear the cases. Maybe they won't. But it should be interesting. Or heart-breaking. Or both.
The justices use the September meeting to wade through stacks of appeals that pile up during the court’s three-month recess. The court at some point after the conference is expected to add several of those cases to its docket for the term that begins Oct. 6. Court watchers are eagerly awaiting word on whether one or more gay marriages cases will be among them.
The court is under no obligation to act right away. It’s possible the court could take additional time to mull its options, particularly because of fast-moving developments in other gay-marriage litigation.
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
U.S. Supreme Court to Consider All Federal Gay Marriage Cases on 09/29/14
The U.S. Supreme Court plans to discuss how to respond to the various federal court decisions involving same-sex marriage later this month: