Supreme Court Puts Off Decision On Hearing Prop 8, DOMA Cases

Supreme Court justices met for the first time on Monday to discuss which cases they’d take up this term. Of the six cases they decided to hear, Prop 8 and DOMA were not among them.

The SCOTUS will meet again on October 5, but the Washington Blade reports that an email from the American Foundation for Equal Rights, the group behind the Prop 8 lawsuit, says that the justices meet every week and a final decision on which cases it will and won’t hear could come as early as Monday morning.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg had previously stated that she believed the Supreme Court would address the case against the Defense of Marriage Act, Windsor v. United States,  “toward the end of the current term.” Hollingsworth v. Perry, the case challenging Proposition 8, has particular significance to gay couples in California, who would be able to legally marry as soon as the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issues a mandate pending the SCOTUS’ decision.

DOMA and Prop 8 are not the only LGBT-centric cases the SCOTUS is dragging their robes on, however. According to the Blade:

One is Diaz v. Brewer, in which Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R) has appealed an injunction placed by a district court prohibiting her from enforcing a law taking away domestic partner benefits from state employees. Another pending case is National Organization for Marriage v. McKee, in which the anti-gay organization is challenging Maine disclosure laws requiring it to reveal donors regarding its involvement in the 2009 marriage ballot initiative in the state.

So by Monday morn we might know if the Supreme Court will tackle Prop 8 and DOMA as America eases and stumbles down the slow road to marriage equality.