No Word Yet From High Court On Same-Sex Marriage
October 2, 2014 — Ray Steele, Network Indiana — We still don‘t know whether the U.S. Supreme Court will take up the question of same-sex marriage, from Indiana or any other state.
The court released its first list of orders on Friday, and it did not include any of the same-sex marriage legalization cases pending from federal courts of appeal. That doesn‘t mean the question of whether marriage between gay couples is legal has been answered, as the court could issue an order next week or any time during its term.
A ruling from the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago saying Indiana cannot bar same-sex couples from getting married was one of several the Supreme Court agreed to review. The court is also looking at orders from Wisconsin – which was issued by the 7th Circuit at the same time Indiana‘s order was issued, Oklahoma, Utah and Virginia. A decision on marriage is also pending from the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati that would cover cases from Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee.
The Supreme Court considered the cases during its first conference of its fall term this week. The lack of an order today means that the court could deny a hearing for the cases when it releases its list of denials at 9:30am Monday or that the court will take more time to consider the cases.
For example, the court held conferences on U.S. v. Windsor, the case in which the court struck down a key part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act, four times between September and December 2012 before agreeing to hear the case last year.