Tuesday, September 30, 2014
On Monday, the nine U.S. Supreme Court justices met behind closed doors to consider whether they should consider whether states can ban gay marriage.
The court currently has seven cases pending before it concerning bans in five states: Virginia, Utah, Oklahoma, Wisconsin and Indiana. If the court agrees to take one or more of these cases it has the chance to rule if gay men and women in the 31 states that now bar gay marriage could get marriage licenses.
An announcement on whether the court will hear the same-sex marriage dispute could come later this week. Yet, given the weight of the controversy and that the justices only in recent weeks received the petitions, an announcement may come at a later time. The court officially reconvenes next Monday for its new term, which runs until the end of June.
See Lawrence Hurley, Supreme Court Meets to Consider Taking Gay Marriage Cases, Reuters, Sept. 29, 2014.