The Supreme Court is staying silent -- for now -- on whether it will review the constitutionality of same-sex marriage, which has rapidly evolved into one of the most important social debates of our time.
The justices had been scheduled earlier this week to privately consider pending appeals from five states over their bans on gays and lesbians from civil wedlock. But an orders list issued Thursday indicated the court was not prepared to immediately review the core constitutional questions: whether gays and lesbians have the same equal protection or due process right to wed, in all 50 states, as opposite-sex couples.
The high court has discretion to delay for as long as it wants whether to put the issue on its docket -- where public oral arguments would then be held, and a definitive, binding ruling released.
There was no indication when the nine-member bench would either accept or reject review of the issue, but the process may take weeks or months.
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