Lyle Denniston looks at a 1972 one-sentence Supreme Court decision that might be the basis for the Court to step in to decide the same-sex marriage issue.
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How realistic is Senator Ted Cruz’s proposed ban on the federal government or Supreme Court defining state marriage laws? It could be the longest of long shots, even though there is a constitutional provision for doing it.
Lyle Denniston, the National Constitution Center’s constitutional literacy adviser, says that Supreme Court’s decision to pass on rulings by three federal appeals courts on same-sex marriage doesn’t necessarily mean the Court is done with the issue.
The Supreme Court’s decision to deny, for now, appeals in seven same-sex marriage cases means the unions will probably be legal in a majority of states, and for a majority of Americans, for at least the near future.
The U.S. Supreme Court didn’t act on seven petitions under consideration about same-sex marriage issues on Thursday morning, but it did accept several other significant cases for its next term.