Still No Action from Supreme Court in Prop. 8, DOMA Cases
The Supreme Court has not mentioned any of the 10 cases addressing gay marriage so far.
The next possible date when the justices could decide whether or not to hear the cases will be on a private meeting on Friday, Dec. 7, according to the SCOTUS blog.
Most of the 10 gay marriage cases concern the Defense of Marriage Act.
DOMA is a 1996 law that defines marriage as a union between a man and a woman, thus depriving gay couples of the rights and privileges granted to heterosexual couples, like filing tax returns together and maintaining estate rights after widowing.
Other cases pertain to Proposition 8.
Passed in 2008, Proposition 8 took away the right to marry from gays and lesbians in California. The law was challenged by two gay couples, who got a historic decision on On Feb. 7, when the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit found Proposition 8 unconstitutional. The proponents of the anti-gay law then took that decision to the Supreme Court.
It will take a four-judge majority to decide whether the high court hears each specific case.