Again, No Action on Same-Sex Marriage

The 10 cases, including California's Prop. 8, were held over for a closed-door conference on Friday.

The US Supreme Court again deferred any action on California's Proposition 8 and nine other cases that deal with gay marriage rights, national media reported Monday.

"In an 'orders list' issued early on Monday, the court made no mention of any of the same-sex marriage cases," Reuters reported around 11 a.m. Eastern time.

The cases were initially up for consideration last Friday, Nov. 30, but the court stalled on deciding if any will be added to its agenda for the coming term.

This Friday's meeting will be the justices' final chance to add any of appeals of same-sex marriage cases to the docket, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Half of the appeals involve the Defense of Marriage Act. Another is Prop. 8, California's ban on gay marriage.

In 2008, 52 percent of California voters approved Prop. 8. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals struck down the law in February, ruling Prop. 8 unconstitutional. Prop. 8 supporters then appealed to the country's highest court.

If the Supreme Court chooses to take no action on Prop. 8 Friday, the lower court's ruling that the state ballot measure banning same-sex marriage is unconstitutional would stand.

Rallies are planned for whenever the court does make a decision, including one in Redwood City put on by the Mid Peninsula Chapter of Marriage Equality USA.

L.A. Chung December 05, 2012 at 05:50 PM
All: Don't hesitate to flag questionable posts so that we can look at them. Sometimes we moving so fast we overlook some comments.
John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt December 05, 2012 at 08:17 PM
Just get some more moderators. You don't even have to pay them, just one or two people who frequent the site the ability to at least hide obscene or hateful comments, then the editors can review their decisions when they have a moment.
Michelle McIntyre December 05, 2012 at 08:36 PM
I flagged the comment in question as inappropriate and it was taken down soon after. I think the moderation is just fine.
John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt December 05, 2012 at 11:16 PM
It took 36 hours between the time I flagged it and its removal. But his most recent comments got removed more quickly. Now if they could figure out how to do IP bans, we'd be all set.
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