Supreme Court Stays Quiet on Marriage Cases

By Julie Bolcer

Originally published on Advocate.com December 03 2012 9:48 AM ET

The Supreme Court once again failed to indicate its plans for multiple cases related to marriage equality, making this Friday the next potential day for an announcement.

The court released an order list Monday morning with no mention of any of the 10 petitions pertaining to marriage equality, according to SCOTUSblog. The nine justices met last Friday without issuing any orders on the marriage cases, which had prompted expectations of news today.  

The justices will discuss the cases again in a private conference this Friday, according to the American Foundation for Equal Rights, which brought the case against the Proposition 8, the California marriage ban. Word of their decision could come soon after the meeting, or next Monday.

Most of the 10 cases before the court concern the Defense of Marriage Act, the 1996 law that prohibits the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages. Other cases pertain to Proposition 8 and an Arizona law denying domestic partner benefits to same-sex couples.