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Again, No Action on Same-Sex Marriage

The 10 cases, including California's Prop. 8, were held over for a closed-door conference on Friday.

The US Supreme Court again deferred any action on California's Proposition 8 and nine other cases that deal with gay marriage rights, national media reported Monday.

"In an 'orders list' issued early on Monday, the court made no mention of any of the same-sex marriage cases," Reuters reported around 11 a.m. Eastern time.

The cases were initially up for consideration last Friday, Nov. 30, but the court stalled on deciding if any will be added to its agenda for the coming term.

This Friday's meeting will be the justices' final chance to add any of appeals of same-sex marriage cases to the docket, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Half of the appeals involve the Defense of Marriage Act. Another is Prop. 8, California's ban on gay marriage.

In 2008, 52 percent of California voters approved Prop. 8. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals struck down the law in February, ruling Prop. 8 unconstitutional. Prop. 8 supporters then appealed to the country's highest court.

If the Supreme Court chooses to take no action on Prop. 8 Friday, the lower court's ruling that the state ballot measure banning same-sex marriage is unconstitutional would stand.

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Penny December 11, 2012 at 05:54 PM
I know a person who uses a folding keyboard on her IPad. I am using a styles on mine. Works better than fingers
Mark Mathews December 15, 2012 at 08:46 PM
The voters approved Proposition 8, yet the court overturned it. Just like the voters who passed proposition 209, and were overturned by the court. We live in a blue state dictatorship with a smiley face and the compassion of Joseph Stalin, the red-grandfather image of modern progressive political thought.
Cathy Gumina Odom December 18, 2012 at 04:52 PM
Hi Belle- that sounds good. I tried out an external keyboard for ipad, recently. A white one from brookstone. But it was a little, well, flimsy and slow. Will take this one back and try another. I just can't type fast on ipad. I'll use the computer instead.
Dan Johnson December 24, 2012 at 09:57 PM
DOMA prevents Federal recognition. It does not stop the states from doing what they want. It won't change marriage rules in the 10 states that currently recognize equality.
Dan Johnson December 24, 2012 at 10:03 PM
"In the court’s final analysis, the government’s only basis for supporting DOMA comes down to an apparent belief that the moral views of the majority may properly be enacted as the law of the land in regard to state-sanctioned same-sex marriage in disregard of the personal status and living conditions of a significant segment of our pluralistic society. Such a view is not consistent with the evidence or the law as embodied in the Fifth Amendment with respect to the thoughts expressed in this decision. The court has no doubt about its conclusion: the Debtors have made their case persuasively that DOMA deprives them of the equal protection of the law to which they are entitled." http://metroweekly.com/poliglot/57794777-DOMA-Memorandum-of-Decision.pdf

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