Updated: 11:00 a.m. EST
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to take on a same-sex marriage case from Louisiana that remains under review in a federal appeals court, and re-listed cases from four other states for conference later this week.
SCOTUSblog reports that the court made no comment as it turned own a plea by same-sex couples in Louisiana to review that state’s ban, which had been upheld by a federal trial judge in New Orleans.
The Court’s denial of review in the Louisiana same-sex marriage case is not a reliable indicator of the Court’s current interest in the authority of the states to ban same-sex marriage.
The couples in the Louisiana case had asked the Court to bypass the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, and take on the case without waiting. The Justices’ response probably indicates a desire not to intrude into the review by the Fifth Circuit Court, which held a hearing on the Louisiana case, and two others, just last Friday.
The Court indicated it would consider whether to grant review of same-sex marriage cases from Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee in its conference on Friday, Jan. 16.
In those cases, the the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit upheld the states’ same-sex marriage bans.
If the court grants review, arguments would be heard in the Spring with a ruling likely in June.