(ABC NEWS) Before the Supreme Court justices even take the bench for the new court term on Oct. 6, they will meet behind closed doors and discuss petitions from five states concerning bans on gay marriage.
The so-called “long conference” occurs on Sept. 29, when the nine justices will discuss cert petitions that have gathered over the summer.
Although they are scheduled to discuss the marriage cases, the justices don’t necessarily have to act immediately. Indeed, they could wait until other appeals courts across the country have ruled.
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