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Justice Antonin Scalia says US Supreme Court will hear gay marriage case ‘soon’

Justice Antonin Scalia says US Supreme Court will hear gay marriage case ‘soon’

US Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia knows there is a lot of interest in which, if any, gay marriage cases the high court will review in its coming term.

He seems to be enjoying drawing out the suspense.

‘I know when, but I’m not going to tell you,’ he teased an audience on Thursday (2 October) during an appearance at the University of Colorado.

According to the Associated Press, Scalia added: ‘Soon! Soon!’

Justices met privately this week to consider cases including pending appeals from five states over their bans on gay couples from marrying.

The next opportunity to announce which cases they are accepting is Monday (6 October).

The gay marriage cases from states in three of the nation’s 13 circuits are in the running. They are from Utah, Oklahoma, Virginia, Indiana and Wisconsin and would have ramifications on marriage equality in all 50 states.

The last time the Supreme Court considered gay marriage cases they voted 5-4 to repeal a key provision of the Defense of Marriage Act which has resulted in the federal government recognizing same-sex unions.

On the same day in June 2013 the court voted 5-4 to let stand the overturning of a ban on gay marriage in California.

Scalia, one of the court’s most conservative justices, was in the losing minority in both cases.