The long-awaited petitions to the Supreme Court to overturn state bans on same-sex marriage will still see no resolutions as the Supreme Court has continued to put off the issue, while accepting other significant cases for the next term. This means that the states banning same-sex marriage will still continue to be able to hold the ban on gay nuptials. Many are now wondering how long it will be before the Supreme Court does take action on the bans on same-sex marriage.
In the year 2014 five states continue to uphold a ban on same-sex marriage regardless of any past or current appeals in front of them. These five states included Oklahoma, Indiana, Utah, Virginia, and Wisconsin. Any other appeals against state bans on same-sex marriage have all been overturned in court, so far (though still pending appeal on the decision). However, these five states have continued to hold the ban, leading to seven petitions that were brought in front of the Supreme Court to overrule the bans set in those five states.
Many were expecting this issue to appear in front of the Supreme Court for ruling on the first day that the court would meet in its next term, October 6, but as released recently the petitions for gay marriage are not on the list to be covered on that day. Currently, the Supreme Court will continue to take no action on same-sex marriage.
Several factors could be contributing to the Supreme Court putting off same-sex marriage, including the fact that it takes four out of nine justices to accept the case for it to go to the Supreme Court, but according to sources it is unclear exactly why the issue will not come in front of the court on the sixth, as expected. Some are saying that the reason could just be because the Supreme Court had over 100 petitions to consider to begin their next term.
Many issues will be covered on the sixth, including issues on Texas housing discrimination, issues against county clerk judge of Florida, Lanell Williams-Yulee, issues against Abercrombie & Fitch, a visa hearing for Fauzia Din’s husband, and the redistricting case in Arizona.
It is unclear whether the Supreme Court plans to bring forth any petitions for the following session, though it is set that the Justices of the Supreme Court will not be taking on same-sex marriage on the 6th of October.
Once the Supreme Court does decide to bring forth any cases on gay marriage they can choose to bring forth all petitions, one petition, or some of the petitions, out of the seven at one time. Though a date has not been set to reopen the battle on gay marriage, sources report that once the Court does bring forth any petitions that oral arguments would not even begin until the year 2015. Once all of the cases are heard, a ruling denying the bans unconstitutional will mean that all states will allow same-sex marriage, at least, for a short period of time until another appeal is brought to the courts.
While the 19 other states that have been appealed and won against state bans are currently ruled by the court to allow gay marriage, many currently have appeals against the decision to overturn the ban. In the future, these states may ban same-sex marriage again if the appeals are ruled in favor by the court.
As the issue of same-sex marriage has been a long, drawn out battle, the end of the debate continues to be unseen as the Supreme Court continues to put off the issue.
By Crystal Boulware