WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to take on a same-sex marriage case from Louisiana that remains under review in a federal appeals court, but otherwise took no action on cases from four other states.

SCOTUSblog reports that the court made no comment as it turned own a plea by same-sex couples in Louisiana to review that state’s ban, which had been upheld by a federal trial judge in New Orleans.

The Court may indicate later in the day when it may next consider four same-sex marriage cases that were decided earlier by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.


The Court’s denial of review in the Louisiana same-sex marriage case is not a reliable indicator of the Court’s current interest in the authority of the states to ban same-sex marriage.


The couples in the Louisiana case had asked the Court to bypass the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, and take on the case without waiting. The Justices’ response probably indicates a desire not to intrude into the review by the Fifth Circuit Court, which held a hearing on the Louisiana case, and two others, just last Friday.


The Justices have a private Conference scheduled for Friday of this week, and the other cases, from the Sixth Circuit, may be considered then.


A final word on that scheduling may come before the end of the day Monday.






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