Gay marriage issue: No action by Supreme Court


The Supreme Court released its order of cases it would be considering, but there was no mention of the gay marriage cases. It was unclear if the high court wanted more time to consider the cases, but for Friday, no action would be taken by the Supreme Court.

Justices are expected to release more orders on Monday morning.

Local supporters say if the court does not take up the issue, same-sex marriages could resume in California. A three-judge panel in California struck down the state law banning same-sex marriage in 2008, known as Proposition 8.

The Supreme Court is heavily divided, and if the high court takes the case, the swing vote may come down to Justice Anthony Kennedy, a native Californian and Reagan appointee.

Any cases the court agrees to take probably wouldn't be argued until March.

It's possible that the court could duck the ultimate question for now and instead focus on a narrower but still important issue: whether Congress can prevent legally married gay Americans from receiving federal benefits otherwise available to married couples.

The Supreme Court accepts only 1 percent of proposed cases each year.

Gay marriage is legal, or will be soon, in nine states - Connecticut, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Vermont, Washington - and the District of Columbia.

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