The Supreme Court has agreed to hear cases related to marriage equality, but there’s one catch–they won’t do it until after the presidential election. They’ve set November 20, two weeks after the election, for the day they’ll have a private meeting to discuss the cases. Those cases include California’s Proposition 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act.
Why the holdup? Well, the Court is known for holding off on controversial issues, especially when they’re timed around a big event like an election, lest people start yelling about “activist judges.” Also, major Court votes tend to remind people how important it is to choose new Justices, and that often influences which candidate they vote for. Speaking of voting… November 6. You can’t vote on Supreme Court justices, but you can vote on who picks them.