WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has formally added gay marriage cases to the justices’ agenda for their closed-door conference on Sept. 29.Fox6
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.
The justices could put off deciding whether to take up gay marriage until January and still be able to issue a decision by late June.
I hope dioceses have backup plans. A loss will mean a need for legal consultation, and it seems like the "strict scrutiny" in the Religious Freedom Restoration Act will need clarification. The US Supreme Court does not have a great track record; not just Roe v Wade(compulsory abortion),
Dred Scott (slavery).
Led by Chief Justice Roger B. Taney, a staunch supporter of slavery, the court's majority held that, because of Scott's color, he was not a citizen and therefore had no standing to sue. Taney wrote in the Court's majority opinion that the framers of the Constitution believed that blacks "had no rights which the white man was bound to respect; and that the negro might justly and lawfully be reduced to slavery for his benefit. He was bought and sold and treated as an ordinary article of merchandise and traffic, whenever profit could be made by it."It sounds foreign to American ears, but the highest court of the land is not SCOTUS, but The Holy See.