With the justices of the U.S. Supreme Court scheduled to return to work on September 29, the marriage equality movement has entered what might be considered "Pre-SCOTUS Season."
Last week saw electrifying oral argument in Wisconsin and Indiana, with the three-judge panel blasting antigay state attorneys. Next week, Idaho, Hawaii and Nevada will send cases to the Ninth Circuit Court of appeals, for oral argument that could be even more dramatic.
In the meantime, officials in some other states are hoping to avoid any further scrutiny. North Carolina has been allowed to put marriage litigation on hold, pending a ruling in the American Foundation for Equal Rights' Virginia case before SCOTUS. But in Florida, Attorney General Pam Bondi failed in her bid to halt the progress of state and federal lawsuits.
Numerous other states could send petitions to the Supreme Court before the end of the year, including Tennessee, Ohio, Texas, Colorado, and Michigan, among others. There's no telling which lawsuits the justices will select for review, or when they'll make their decision.
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