Prop. 8: U.S. Supreme Court Considers Whether to Hear Gay Marriage Case (Update)

(Update 12:40 p.m.): No action on gay marriage from the court today. The justices did not pick up any of those cases at their meeting this morning, SCOTUSblog reported. So, for all those who are hosting a Supreme Court Gay Marriage Case Announcement party, you'll need more ice and maybe some sleeping bags.

(Original story 7 a.m.): Today, the U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether or not it will step into the gay marriage debate. As they do before each session, the nine justices will be considering which cases to take on.

This year's batch of possibilities includes California's Proposition 8, as well as others challenging the federal Defense of Marriage Act, the federal law defining marriage as between a man and a woman.

Gay marriage is the most divisive social issue in America that has not been legally settled through Supreme Court precedent. The justices' deliberations over the coming days could change that.

See also: A More Perfect Union: Prop.8 May Lead to Gay-Marriage Rights

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