From Michael Doyle in Washington, D.C.:
The Supreme Court on Monday kept the political world in suspense, as justices once again made no announcement concerning California’s Proposition 8 and challenges to the federal Defense of Marriage Act.
The justices had met in private last Friday, to consider which petitions they would grant for a full hearing next year. High on the stack is the appeal by conservatives of a 9th Circuit Court of Appeals decision striking down Proposition 8. The ballot measure outlawed same-sex marriage, after thousands had already been performed.
Among court-watchers, the case is generally considered less likely to be granted a full hearing than the multiple Defense of Marriage Act cases. But in the court’s orders issued promptly at 9:30 a.m. eastern time, the gay marriage cases were noticeably absent.
The court meets in private again Friday. At least four justices must agree to hear a case before it’s taken up for a full hearing.