Building suspense over the issue, the U.S. Supreme Court remained silent Monday regarding whether it will hear historic cases involving same-sex marriage.
While the nine Supreme Court Justices discussed the same-sex marriage cases at a private conference last Friday, the court did not mention the cases in an "orders list" issued early on Monday.
The cases include challenges to the Defense of Marriage Act and to California's gay marriage ban, known as Proposition 8.
The Defense of Marriage Act, enacted in 1996, defines marriage as between one man and one woman and prevents same-sex couples from receiving federal benefits.
The Supreme Court listed the cases for further consideration at its weekly conference this Friday. The court's current term ends next June.
by RTT Staff Writer
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