Lyle Denniston, who has covered the Supreme Court for 54 years, explains what’s at stake after the court’s historic decision on Friday to hear two cases about same-sex marriage.
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The U.S. Supreme Court will hear two cases involving same-sex marriage next March and likely issue a ruling in June 2013, in one of the most widely anticipated cases in recent years.
The Supreme Court has known since July that it was going to be confronted this term with a handful of cases on the issue of same-sex marriage. But, so far, no action. What’s the court doing with those cases?
Americans will have many things on their minds in November, but what voters do in four states and what nine Supreme Court justices do around a big walnut table in Washington may go far to shape the future of same-sex marriage across the nation.
Despite a lot of publicity during parts of the current presidential campaign, the issue of same-sex marriage has been put on the back burner by the Obama and Romney campaigns.