WASHINGTON – The U.S. Supreme Court did not place any of the gay rights cases on its orders today, adding to the incredible drama that is building up about whether the justices will take up California’s Proposition 8 and the nine DOMA cases.
The high court could also have decided not to take up any of the cases, which would have widespread implications for millions of LGBT Americans. If the justices let lower court rulings stand, Proposition 8 and DOMA would be dead.
Legal observers say the high court could make an announcement on Monday or possibly Dec. 7.
American Foundation for Equal Rights, which filed the Prop 8 case, tweeted: "Supreme Court just posted its Order's List...No movement on DOMA or Prop8 case...Next time to hear is 9:30 am ET Monday."
SCOTUSblog, which is devoted to covering the high court, tweeted: "Failure to act on #ssm today prob means #scotus needs time to work out which case(s) to take. Meet again next Fri."
Gay and lesbian couples in California who have been waiting four long years to get married.
District Judge Vaughn Walker ruled on Aug. 4, 2010 that Prop 8 was unconstitutional, a decision that was affirmed by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on Feb. 7, 2012.
SCOTUSblog posted the Prop 8 case as a "petition of the day," complete with documents relating to the Supreme Court appeal. Click HERE to review the documents.
Lambda Legal has a "one stop DOMA shop" HERE.
Ken Williams is Editor in Chief of SDGLN. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org, @KenSanDiego on Twitter, or by calling toll-free to (877) 727-5446, ext. 713.