In previous years, the Court released ... (click to view)
Editor's Note :
In previous years, the Court released orders the morning after the Court’s “Long Conference.” It has not done so this year. Beginning last Term, the Court consistently considered petitions at least two times before granting certiorari. To the extent that practice continues -- and there is no affirmative evidence the Court intends to drop it -- so we are again doubtful that certiorari will be granted in any cases today.
Issue: Whether Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act, 1
U.S.C. § 7, which defines the term “marriage” for all
purposes under federal law as “only a legal union
between one man and one woman as husband and
wife,” deprives same-sex couples who are lawfully
married under the laws of their states (such as New
York) of the equal protection of the laws, as
guaranteed by the Fifth Amendment to the
Constitution of the United States.