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US Supreme Court still mum on whether it will hear gay marriage cases this term

US Supreme Court still mum on whether it will hear gay marriage cases this term

The US Supreme Court met in conference on Friday (9 January) to discuss upcoming cases but made no announcement about whether or not it will hear any challenges to gay marriage cases in five states.

The high court is considering hearing cases filed in Tennessee, Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, and Louisiana.

The justices declined to take on any same-sex marriage cases last year in which defendants appealed circuit court of appeals rulings upholding the striking down of marriage bans.

The cases being considered by the justices this time are different because the bans were upheld in those states by the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals after being struck down by district courts.

Plaintiffs then appealed to the Supreme Court.

If the Supreme Court declines get involved in any of the 6th Circuit cases, the bans in those states would remain in effect. Should they take on one of the cases, their ruling could resolve the same-sex marriage for the entire nation.

On June 2013, the high court gutted the Defense of Marriage Act which has led to federal recognition of same-sex marriages. It also declined to overturn a federal judge’s striking down of California’s Proposition 8 which allowed same-sex marriages to resume in that state.

The justices will next meet in conference again next Friday (16 January).