The US Supreme Court decision that could settle the gay marriage issue for the entire nation did not come on Thursday (25 June).
It is now expected to be handed down on Friday (26 June) or Monday (29 June) which are the final two days of the court’s current term. The court could add extra days to their term if they need to.
Instead of a gay marriage ruling, the high court released rulings in which they upheld nationwide health insurance subsidies and housing discrimination protections under the US Fair Housing Act.
There are six gay marriage cases from four states (Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee) that have been consolidated into Ohio case Obergefell v. Hodges.
In each of those cases, federal judges had struck down marriage bans but those decisions were reversed by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit which resulted in the Supreme Court taking the issue on.
The high court’s decision will come at a time that same-sex marriage is already legal in 37 US states plus the District of Columbia.
Many legal experts expect a 5-4 decision in favor of marriage with Justice Anthony Kennedy voting with the four liberal justices as he did in 2013 in the gutting of the US Defense of Marriage Act and in a decision that ended California’s ban on same-sex marriage.