The U.S. Supreme Court Monday rejected a petition from Louisiana seeking review of a case involving the state's ban on same-sex marriage, while not making any announcements on four additional marriage equality cases pending before the high court, according to SCOTUSblog.
The court took no action on four consolidated cases — regarding marriage bans in Ohio, Tennessee, Michigan, and Kentucky — currently pending before it, leaving open the possibility that the cases could be scheduled following the next private conference, set for Friday. Those cases were most recently heard in the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, which in November issued a ruling that broke with every other appellate court in the country and upheld marriage bans in all four states. Many court observers expect this departure from growing judicial consensus, known as a circuit split, to increase the chances that the Supreme Court will take up one or more of these cases, and ultimately determine whether bans on same-sex marriage are unconstitutional.
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