SCOTUS Doesn’t Act on Gay Marriage

    WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 30:  Same-sex marriage proponent Kat McGuckin of Oaklyn, New Jersey, holds a gay marriage pride flag while standing in front of the Supreme Court November 30, 2012 in Washington, DC. With the Supreme Court building draped in a photo-realistic sheet during a repair and preservation project, the justices met today to consider hearing several cases dealing with the rights of gay couples who are married, want to get married or are in domestic partnerships.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

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    It’s not good news or bad news for gay marriage advocates: it’s no news. The Supreme Court didn’t take any action Friday as to whether it will hear two high-profile gay marriage cases. The court’s silence doesn’t mean the justices are refusing to ever take the cases on—it just means that they still haven’t made a decision, though it was widely expected they would today. The court has been asked to consider the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act, which states that same-sex marriages conducted in states where gay marriage is legal aren’t recognized by the federal government. The court also must decide whether to review California’s Proposition 8, which banned gay marriage in the state less than six months after it was legalized.

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