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Top US court delays decision on taking up gay marriage

Published on Dec 1, 2012 7:28 AM
 
The US Supreme Court building is draped in a photo-realistic sheet during a repair and preservation project on Nov 30, 2012 in Washington, DC. The Supreme Court on Friday put off until at least next week a decision on whether to take up the controversial matter of gay marriage, an issue sharply dividing the US public. -- PHOTO: AFP

WASHINGTON (AFP) - The Supreme Court on Friday put off until at least next week a decision on whether to take up the controversial matter of gay marriage, an issue sharply dividing the United States (US) public.

The US high court met behind closed doors to discuss the cases to be heard on this year's docket, among them a legal challenge to the federal Defence of Marriage Act (Doma) that outlaws gay marriage.

The justices pushed back its announcement until at least Monday on whether it would take up the controversial 1996 law, which states that marriage can only be between a man and a woman.

The nine-member panel studied eight motions concerning gay marriage.

 
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