The U.S. Supreme Court has delayed a decision on whether it will consider lawsuits challenging the so-called Defense of Marriage Act and California’s Proposition 8.
The justices decided to hear six pending cases, but neither the challenge to Prop. 8 nor the legal challenges to DOMA appeared on the list of lawsuits. The conference on Sept. 24 was the first time the judges met this fall and the judges will meet again on Oct. 1. Justices meet nearly every week to determine the cases they will take up and the court is expected to release a list of cases it won’t hear this term.
If the Court elects not to consider the Prop. 8 case, gay couples in California would be able to marry as soon as the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, which struck down Prop. 8,, issues a mandate.