Here are some answers to common questions.
What is before the court?
Four years ago, California voters approved Proposition 8, which banned gay marriage. In 2009, the American Foundation for Equal Rights sued on behalf of two gay California couples who wanted to get married. A district judge found Proposition 8 unconstitutional. In February, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals agreed. Proponents of Proposition 8 asked the Supreme Court to review the case.
Map: How gay marriage has progressed in the U.S.
Why was there no action today?
The justices had been set to discuss the Proposition 8 case at a private conference last Friday, along with several cases challenging the federal Defense of Marriage Act. After that conference, the justices released a list of cases they would take up in June, and the Proposition 8 case was not on the list, leading many to speculate the court may have decided not to hear the case. That would let the 9th Circuit ruling stand, clearing the way for same-sex marriage in California unless the Supreme Court gets involved.
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