Finally, the Supreme Court has announced a date when it will begin to consider the future of marriage equality in the United States.
On September 29, the justices will convene for a closed-door conference in which they’ll discuss whether to hear the marriage equality cases that have been brought to them from various states. There’s no guarantee that they will hear the cases at all, but many are hoping and even predicting that they will.
The action Wednesday does not mean that the court will decide that day to hear state appeals of lower court rulings that struck down bans on same-sex marriage. But the late September conference will be the first time the justices have the issue before them. The meeting will be the justices’ first since late June.
Appeals have been filed from Indiana, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin. The gay couples who won in each case in the lower courts also favor Supreme Court review.