Supreme Court delays action on same-sex marriage

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SCOTUS in Spring

WASHINGTON D.C. (Oct. 2, 2014) – After much anticipation, people on both sides of the same-sex marriage debate are still waiting on the U.S. Supreme Court.

Thursday morning, the court announced a series of cases they’d be taking up in the coming term, but no same-sex marriage cases were listed among the court’s grant orders.

It’s still possible the court could decide to deny the same-sex marriage cases before them, letting the lower court’s rulings stand, but any decision to do so would probably not be revealed until next week – and many observers believe the court is simply waiting to hear the cases at a later date.

Last month, the 7th circuit court of appeals upheld a district court ruling which ruled the state’s marriage law unconstitutional. The court also issued a stay, which means same-sex marriages remain on hold in Indiana until the case is decided.

The state of Indiana and the plaintiffs in the case have asked the Supreme Court to ultimately decide the issue.

The court does have many options. They could decide to hear Indiana’s case, or one from the other four states seeking review. They could decide to hear the case in the upcoming session, or they could decide to wait.