November 13, 2012
By Scottie Thomaston
Over the weekend, Robert Barnes penned an article in the Washington Post about the marriage equality cases, and buried in the article was this casual mention of the Court’s conference date for the gay rights cases:
They will soon sort through a half-dozen cases that raise the issue of same-sex relationships; the date for their private conference on whether to accept any has been rescheduled for Nov. 30.
This was different from what has been widely reported and what’s on the Court’s docket – namely that the conference is scheduled for November 20. Calls made by Prop 8 Trial Tracker did not turn up any new information.
But now, AFER, who is responsible for bringing the Prop 8 trial to federal court, is reporting that the conference has indeed been rescheduled to November 30. The Prop 8 case, as well as all the challenges to Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act will be taken up at the conference, when the Court will decide whether and which cases to review.