There are currently a few pending cases before the Supreme Court relating to marriage equality. The two major cases involve Prop 8 in California and The Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).
Currently the Supreme Court is still in the conference stage with these cases. Prop 8 Trial Tracker reports that currently the cases are scheduled for conference on Friday. This means that the justices may announce what they plan to do as early as Monday December 3, 2012.
I am hoping that the Supreme Court decides not to take the Prop 8 case because this would mean that California would soon be able to start issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. While it is possible that a decision on the Prop 8 case would have broader implications for marriage equality throughout the nation, I just don’t think the time is right for such a broad decision.
As for the challenges to DOMA, I do believe that the Supreme Court will strike down the challenged section, leaving Congress to decide how they want to replace it. This could mean any number of things but hopefully will be the first step to federal recognition of married same-sex couples. Keep an eye here for more updates as things progress.