Supreme Countdown

Drama Builds For Monday In Prop 8, DOMA Decisions

The U.S. Supreme Court did not release its decisions in the two landmark cases involving marriage for same-sex couples. The next date for release of opinions is Monday, June 24.

Although the chief justice has not yet announced the last day of the session, it most likely will be Thursday, June 27. With three decisions in other cases released today, that leaves just 11 opinions left outstanding to be released next Monday and Thursday.

Historically, the Supreme Court releases opinions in its most debated cases on the last day of the session. In this session, however, the court still has opinions pending in two other highly contentious cases –one concerning the Voting Rights Act and the other concerning affirmative action. There’s a good chance the court will issue its marriage decisions Monday and issue the other two on Thursday.

Interestingly, 65 percent of visitors to the well-respected scotusblog this morning predicted the court would strike down both Proposition 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).

Lisa Keen, co-author of Strangers to the Law: Gay People on Trial, will be posting nearly daily on legal matters leading up to and beyond the Supreme Court decision. Her coverage on this and other issues is also available at