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Breaking: Supreme Court Decides To Not Decide Today On DOMA Or Prop 8

by David Badash on November 30, 2012

in Legal Issues,News,Politics

The Supreme Court did not announce today whether or not it would hear cases on Prop 8 and DOMA, the Defense of Marriage Act of 1996 that bans the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages. The Court had announced it was delaying from the 20th its decision to today, but apparently has not decided to announce its decision yet.

“No action on same-sex marriage,” Lyle Denniston at SCOTUSblog writes:

The Supreme Court, after taking most of the day to prepare new orders, took no action Friday on the ten same-sex marriage cases now on the docket.

The next opportunity for the Court to issue orders will be at 9:30 a.m. Monday. Nothing has ruled out the possibility that some actions on same-sex marriage could be announced at that time, although there is no indation [sic] that that will occur. It may be that the Court needs more time to decide what it wants to do next on any of the cases.


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LOrion November 30, 2012 at 4:30 pm

Well DUH! Please some lawyer type..what does this mean? How long can they kick the can down the road? The whole term?

Stephen Clark November 30, 2012 at 6:41 pm

It could mean that they're giving somebody time to write a dissenting note about what the Court has decided to do. Particularly if they were to decline to take the Prop. 8 case, I'd expect a vitriolic dissent from Justice Scalia.

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