Justices Set Date to Review Marriage

Marriage may be coming again to the highest federal court in the country.  The National Law Journal is reporting that the United States Supreme Court on Wednesday placed the marriage cases from five states on the agenda for discussion at its private conference on Sept. 29. 

     "After a flurry of briefing in recent weeks-including petitions filed as recently as Tuesday-the court's action, reflected on its online docket, means the justices will soon be engaged and thinking about the historic constitutional issue of whether states can [expand marriage].

     The filings in cases from Indiana, Utah, Virginia, Wisconsin and Oklahoma will be distributed to the high court's nine justices for consideration at the so-called 'long conference' Sept. 29. That is when the[y] meet privately to discuss the hundreds of petitions that have piled up over the court's summer recess awaiting the court's decision whether or not to grant review.  The distribution does not mean, however, that the court will immediately announce its decision when the Sept. 29 conference ends."

Read the entire article online at http://www.nationallawjournal.com/id=1202669641470/Justices-Set-Date-to-Review-SameSex-Marriage-Petitions.


The High Court may hold the cases without acting, possibly to give them more time to examine the issues involved, or in anticipation of other filings on the same type of subject matter.  This is critical substance for the way American government works under principles of federalism.  To learn more about download the free article at http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2462093, detailing how state government regulation of family law is important to healthy federalism.


Marriage is important to family strength, making any High Court intervention worth watching.

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