Supreme Court Postpones Decision To Hear Gay Marriage Cases Till Nov. 30

The United States Supreme Court has rescheduled the date it will consider whether to grant review of  cases challenging the constitutionality of California’s Proposition 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act.

The SCOTUS had previously announced it would be making this decision on November 20.

According to a press release from the American Foundation for Equal Rights, Hollingsworth v. Perry (the challenge to Prop 8) along with several cases challenging the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), have been tabled for consideration until the Justices’ private conference scheduled for Friday, November 30.

Should the Court grant review, the Justices will then consider whether Proposition 8 violates the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution. If the Court denies review, the February 2012 decision of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit that struck down Prop 8 will be upheld, effectively ending a four year moratorium on gay marriages in California.

The Supreme Court is expected to release an Order List with its decisions on cases it has granted or denied review by Monday, December 3.  If the Justices don’t come to a decision, they’ll just delay it again for their next conference.