No Action Today on Gay Marriage

The U.S. Supreme Court may consider the 10 same-sex marriage cases Monday, national media is reporting.

The Supreme Court will not act on gay marriage, the Wall Street Journal and numerous sources on Twitter are reporting.

After much anticipation, court deferred 10 cases related to same-sex marriage Friday.

The Atlantic shared this update on its website, The Wire:

"The Supreme Court, after taking most of the day to prepare new orders, took no action Friday on the ten same-sex marriage cases now on the docket," reports the SCOTUS blog's  Lyle Denniston

But the issue is not dead. The court could next issue orders at 9:30 a.m. Monday.


The future of same-sex unions in California could be decided Friday, if the U.S. Supreme Court decides to take up Prop. 8, the ban on gay marriage that voters approved in California four years ago.

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals struck down Prop. 8 in February, ruling the law unconstitutional. Prop. 8 supporters then appealed to the country's highest court.

The Los Angeles Times gave this concise summary of Friday's possible outcomes:

If the justices opt not to hear the Proposition 8 case, then a federal appeals court ruling that found the 2008 state ballot measure banning same-sex marriage unconstitutional would stand, clearing the way for marriages to begin. If the justices take up the case, a ruling would not come until next year and gay marriage would remain on hold until then, or longer depending on how the court rules.

Prop. 8 passed with 52 percent of the vote in 2008. Since then, nine states have approved same-sex marriage.

This chronology of the history of gay marriage on the LA Times explains the complex road that has led to today.

Supporters of gay marriage hailed February's favorable appellate court ruling. In its decision, the court stated that banning same-sex marriage "serves no purpose, and has no effect, other than to lessen the status and human dignity of gays and lesbians in California and to officially reclassify their relationship and families as inferior to those of opposite-sex couples."

Prop. 8 is one of several same-sex marriage cases that the US Supreme Court could choose to hear. Most of the others challenge the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act.

For all of the cases, the court's decision to not hear arguments would actually do more than putting them on the agenda for next term. Read about those impacts here.

What are your thoughts? Should the appellate court ruling stand and same-sex marriage be allowed? Or was Prop. 8 the right decision to begin with? Tell us in the comment section below.

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Alex Shantz December 01, 2012 at 03:59 AM
How convenient! Post a suicide hotline in stead of taking responsibility for the consequences of your words. Your words, calling someone's natural desires unnatural, is ostracizing. Your words make people who happen be in love with others from the same gender feel marginalized. And, ongoing feelings of orchestration and marginalization leads to depression and sometimes suicide. You can't pretend your words don't have real life consequences. Not to mention there NO evidence to back up your erroneous claim that gay marriage is not natural. People who say these type of insensitive words make LGBTQ teenagers feel worthless, unnatural, and unwanted. These people are responsible for their deaths.
MICHAEL WILSON "Republican Kid" December 01, 2012 at 05:51 AM
Sorry Alex The voters of Ca also found gay Marriage to be unacceptable, By a big margin so I am not alone. I will recant my first statement. Thinking about it there is no nature to marriage at all. As for the so called LGBTQ crowd they started the debate. If the Supreme Court upholds prop 8 and strikes down Same sex marriage. What will they do then?
MICHAEL WILSON "Republican Kid" December 01, 2012 at 05:55 AM
I should also state we all have our own views on the subject.
Alex Shantz December 01, 2012 at 07:15 AM
Thank you for recanting your statement. Gay marriage is a civil rights issue. The abolitionist, woman's suffrage, and worker rights movements didn't step down after a few defeats. I don't expect the marriage equality movement to step down either.
Bob Sodervick December 01, 2012 at 05:17 PM
If the Supreme Court does uphold Prop 8 (which I highly doubt) we will just have to get married in a State that allows gay marriage, and put forward another proposition next election year for gay marriage. With societies changing views and acceptance of same sex felationships, I highly doubt that slim margin of 52% would hold up again especially with that many young people reaching voting age!!


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