Cheryl Hurd reports from Washington, D.C. as the court announces Wednesday will be the day same sex marriage opponents and advocates finally hear the rulings on Prop 8 and DOMA.
Decision day for the U.S. Supreme Court to rule on California's Proposition 8, the 2008 California initiative that banned same-sex marriage in the state, is now down to Wednesday.
The justices indicated early Tuesday that the last day of the term will be Wednesday, and all remaining decisions will be announced then.
The SCOTUS blog tweeted this morning, "Tomorrow is the last #scotus day. Same-sex marriage. History."
The justices are also expected to issue their decision on the federal Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA, on Wednesday.
DOMA bars gay and lesbian married couples from receiving the same federal benefits as opposite-sex spouses.
The rulings are expected to be released starting at 7 a.m. local time.
Tomorrow is the last #scotus day. Same-sex marriage. History.
— SCOTUSblog (@SCOTUSblog) June 25, 2013
Chief Justice John Roberts announced Wednesday would be the last day of the session, according to the Atlantic Wire and he indicated the court will end its term with rulings in its remaining cases.
Prop 8 and DOMA are two of the three cases that still need to be decided.
And it should be noted that whatever the Supreme Court decides, gay marriages will not resume immediately in California. Legal details will not be complete in the case for at least 25 days.
Whatever the ruling, details of it impact on same-sex marriage in the state might become more clear after a news conference with California Attorney General Kamala Harris. Harris has scheduled the news conference for 10:30 a.m. Wednesday.