The US Supreme Court took no action on the cases related to same-sex marriages that are pending with it when a nine-judge panel met behind the closed doors on Friday in order to take a call on whether to hear any cases related to the contentious issue during the nine-month term ending in June.
At a time when the gay and homosexual communities in the United States are battling to get ‘legal’ status to their marriages, all eyes were set on the Friday’s meeting of justices.
Meanwhile, the country’s top court is scheduled to issue a long list of orders on Monday morning. It is also expected that the Supreme Court will act on the gay marriage cases then or after its next private meeting scheduled on January 16.
The justices, however, issued a list of orders in several other cases.
In October 2014, the Supreme Court had decided to not hear the issue of state bans on gay marriages. Presently, the Supreme Court has five pending gay rights cases in the states of Tennessee, Kentucky and Louisiana and Ohio.
The court’s denial of hearing gay rights cases triggered major legal implications as it deciphered that same-sex marriage went ahead in five states of the US, while opening its way for beginning in several other states.
Before the Supreme Court’s action, 19 states were enjoying the constitutionally legal status to gay marriages. But now the figure has reached to 36 out of 50 American states.