Ginsburg gives mixed signals on SCOTUS timeline

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Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg this week seemed to backpedal on previous statements that had indicated the nation’s top court wanted to make a swift, definitive decision on nationwide marriage equality.

During a speech at University of Minnesota Tuesday, Ginsburg said that the cases up for review before the Supreme Court may not reflect a high-priority review, as all lower-court decisions have been unanimously against state bans on marriage equality. But, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals could be a game-changer, the 81-year-old justice said, as a decision from that court that contradicts the other rulings could necessitate SCOTUS action.

The justices will begin meeting Sept. 29 to determine which cases they will take up, and a decision on whether they will hear any of the seven marriage-equality cases — which come from five states — is expected in early October.