Mark your calendar for Sept. 29: That's when the U.S. Supreme Court will meet in a closed session to decide which -- if any -- marriage cases it will consider in its upcoming term.
So far, the court has seven cases to choose from, representing litigation in five different states: Virginia, Oklahoma, Utah, Indiana and Wisconsin. But that number could increase to as many as 14 within the next few weeks. That's because courts in the Ninth and Sixth Circuits could issue rulings in additional marriage cases any day now.
Even though the court has established that date for its deliberations, there's still a lot of uncertainty around exactly what it means for the future of marriage lawsuits. There's no telling whether the justices will choose one case, or several, or none at all. They could also simply defer a decision until later.
And if the circuit courts issue rulings between now and Sept. 29, that could complicate matters further. Parties in those additional cases would have to file extremely rapid petitions with the U.S. Supreme Court in order to be considered. That would be a huge challenge, but it's not impossible.