Finally, a Prop 8 update that almost means something:
The case over California’s Prop 8 has been distributed to the Supreme Court for its September 24 conference. This conference will be the first time the Justices meet privately to decide what cases they will take. Also distributed for this conference is the case challenging DOMA.
Extremely important details:
Usually, the Court announces its orders from conferences on the Monday following the conferences, however if they do take up the Prop 8 case on September 24, they could announce as early as the next day whether the full Court will review the case. It takes four votes to grant review.
Why does this matter?
If the Supreme Court decides not to take the Prop 8 case, the lower court decisions will stand and Prop 8 will be invalidated - but there is no chance for setting a national precedent. If the Court does take the case, there will be a final decision by June 2013 - and it could set a national precedent in favor of marriage equality, it could actually uphold Prop 8, or it could make a decision somewhere in between.
So if all goes as expected, we’ll have a decision in a couple of weeks. Fingers crossed.