January 9, 2015 at 2:57 pm EST | by Michael K. Lavers
Supreme Court makes no announcement on marriage cases

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The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday did not announce whether it would hear same-sex marriage cases from five states. (Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key)

The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday during its first conference of the year did not announce whether it will hear same-sex marriage cases from five states.

Lawsuits from Michigan, Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee and Louisiana filed by gays and lesbians seeking marriage rights in their respective states are currently before the justices. The next U.S. Supreme Court conference will take place on Monday.

Same-sex couples are currently able to legally marry in 36 states and D.C.

Gays and lesbians began to exchange vows in Florida’s Miami-Dade County on Monday after Circuit Judge Sarah Zabel lifted a stay of her ruling against the state’s constitutional amendment that defines marriage as between a man and a woman. Same-sex couples in the rest of the Sunshine State began to marry a few hours later after U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle’s decision that found Amendment 2 unconstitutional took effect.

A three-judge panel with the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans on Friday heard oral arguments in cases that challenge the constitutionality of same-sex marriage bans in Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.

Michael K. Lavers is the international news editor of the Washington Blade. Follow Michael

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