The first case is King v. Christie, a challenge filed by the anti-gay Liberty Counsel against New Jersey’s prohibition on conversion therapy to minors, which was signed into law by Gov. Chris Christie. The U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the constitutionality of the statute, prompting a petition before the Supreme Court.
The second case is Kosilek v. O’Brien, a lawsuit filed by the New England-based Gay & Lesbian Advocates Defenders challenging the Massachusetts Department of Corrections’ decision to withhold gender reassignment surgery to Michelle Kosilek, a transgender inmate who’s incarcerated for the murder of her spouse. The U.S. First Circuit Court of Appeals in an “en banc” ruling affirmed the state’s ability to deny her the procedure.
Both cases were listed as docketed for the May 1 conference on the Supreme Court’s website. It takes a vote of four justices to grant a writ of certiorari (or to decide to take up a case). Given the lateness of the current term, in the event the court agree to hear the cases, they’re unlikely to issue rulings before the term is out in June.
The conference will come days after the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on April 28 in high-profile cases seeking the right of same-sex couples to marry across the nation.