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U.S. Supreme Court takes no action on same-sex marriage cases

LYLE DENNISTON
SCOTUS Blog
Friday, November 30, 2012

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.

It did agree to rule on whether taking a human gene out of the body is a process that can be patented. It also agreed to rule on legal protection for makers of generic drugs.

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 indication 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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24 more reader comments:

  1. Effin typical…

    Posted on Friday, November 30, 2012 at 1:45pm
  2. they wanna party like rockstars before handing down the biggest ruling of their careers.

    ok … lol … its wishful thinking…. so lets all continue having wishful and positive thoughts.
    :)

    Posted on Friday, November 30, 2012 at 1:51pm
  3. No like.

    Posted on Friday, November 30, 2012 at 1:52pm
  4. The more they put it off, the more we will continue !

    Posted on Friday, November 30, 2012 at 1:53pm
  5. So now we wait until Monday. I’m honestly not expecting anything then, either. They’re going to drag this out for at least one more private conference.

    Posted on Friday, November 30, 2012 at 1:57pm
  6. Avoiding it won’t solve anything, cuz it’ll get worse…If people want to be together and love each other dearly, then what’s the fucking big deal if they’re of the same sex? I don’t really get the concept of declining marriage to people just because of what’s between their legs…:l

    Posted on Friday, November 30, 2012 at 1:57pm
  7. How can U expect fairness in America when the presidents pack the court with people they like the court should be public voted in…. not President sellected…. that BS

    Posted on Friday, November 30, 2012 at 1:59pm
  8. The good news here is there is an opportunity for 4 new justices to be appointed by the Obama administration in the next few years while he is still pres.

    Posted on Friday, November 30, 2012 at 2:02pm
  9. They may be hung up on the California case. I can understand their wanting to duck it (which would have the benefit of restoring marriage equality there) but if they do they’ll end up having to deal with the issue yet again. In the long run they’d be better off taking up all the issues now and only having to deal with them once. But I also understand their desire to move incrementally. I guess we’ll find out soon.

    Posted on Friday, November 30, 2012 at 2:05pm
  10. If any of you think obama gives a rats ass about our marriage equality you are sadly mistaken.

    Posted on Friday, November 30, 2012 at 2:19pm
  11. They are in double check. No matter which way they go, they approve marriage. Do the right thing fools, uncork the Genie and let us all have equality. You cannot avoid it any longer. Next step is checkmate.

    Posted on Friday, November 30, 2012 at 2:20pm
  12. Either way, now or later, we will have equality for the nation. Never giving up on what’s right!

    Posted on Friday, November 30, 2012 at 2:28pm
  13. Figures

    Posted on Friday, November 30, 2012 at 2:35pm
  14. you cannot wait on the Federal government do it have to go state by state lawsuits to get it!

    Posted on Friday, November 30, 2012 at 2:41pm
  15. Dennis- many of us have months, not years, to wait on new justices.

    Posted on Friday, November 30, 2012 at 2:47pm
  16. Thomas, why don’t you do a little research before you utter such stupid, uninformed crap. Pres. Obama has done more for the GLBT community than any other president in the history of the United States. Here’s a little reading for you about the laws he has changed and the bills he has signed. He supports marriage equality. Like all of the other laws that were changed, it will take time to get this through our court system. And if he gets the opportunity to appoint more progressive judges to the SCOTUS, DOMA will be overturned and Marriage equality could become the law of the land.

    http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/docs/lgbt_record.pdf

    Posted on Friday, November 30, 2012 at 3:02pm
  17. Is it the “supreme court” or the “court of indecision” ??????

    Posted on Friday, November 30, 2012 at 3:10pm
  18. What the Hell is it gonna take!?

    Posted on Friday, November 30, 2012 at 4:07pm
  19. In other words they r slakin and didn’t read the cases over thanxgiving break

    Posted on Friday, November 30, 2012 at 4:35pm
  20. And I’m not a bit surprised.

    Posted on Friday, November 30, 2012 at 4:40pm
  21. I hope the SCOTUS gets off their butts and sends DOMA to the shredder

    Posted on Friday, November 30, 2012 at 4:40pm
  22. One question for anyone out there with legal training. Multiple cases same issue (DOMA) what happens? They hear ALL of them? They almost have to hear all or nothing because if they take one and refuse the others it is the same outcome … DOMA bye bye

    Posted on Friday, November 30, 2012 at 5:39pm
  23. I hope they reveal what they plan to do on Monday, this suspense is killing me as I’m sure it’s doing the same to so many others.

    Posted on Friday, November 30, 2012 at 5:56pm
  24. Windrider Trish- I dont have legal training, but I can tell you that they can decided to look at each individual case on its on own merit and rule very narrowly so their ruling doesnt affect any of the other states/lawsuits in question.Therefore, they can “pick and choose” and not have to issue one sweeping ruling. Frankly, with the current sitting SCOTUS, a sweeping DOMA ruling isnt a sure safe bet. Looking at the possibility of President Obama having as many as 3 picks this term (Ginsburg is 80 & Scalia and Kennedy are both 76…replacing Ginsburg only wont change the balance at all. Strike me down for this, but I can only hope Scalia needs to be replaced sooner than later!) Remember that even when we see the repeal of DOMA, its only on the Federal level. States will keep individual state by state ability to vote on marriage equality. That means that sadly, there will be cases that will need to look at the possibility of SCOTUS rulings for years to come..I dont know if any one Federal bill could legalize same sex marriage in all 50 states,over riding laws already on the books-Im thinking it cant.

    Posted on Saturday, December 1, 2012 at 2:46am