Published on November 30th, 2012 | by DanNation0
Breaking: SCOTUS Will Not Decide On Prop 8 or DOMA Today
The Supreme Court didn’t take any action on gay-marriage cases before it on Friday, despite expectations that the court might decide whether it would take up the issue.
The justices announced Friday afternoon that they would hear several other cases unrelated to gay marriage.
The high court has been asked to consider the constitutionality of the 1996 federal Defense of Marriage Act, which denies federal recognition to same-sex marriages in states that have legalized the practice. Federal appeals courts in Massachusetts and New York struck down the federal law, saying it impermissibly discriminated against gays and lesbians.
Separately, the Supreme Court has been weighing whether to review California’s Proposition 8, passed by voters in 2008, which bars gay marriage in the state. The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals struck down Proposition 8 in February. The appeals court ruled 2-1 that California had improperly granted same-sex marriage rights and then taken them away.
The Supreme Court took no action Friday on either the Defense of Marriage Act cases or the Proposition 8 case.