Nov 30 The nine justices of the U.S. Supreme
Court met in private on Friday to consider whether to enter the
legal fray raging over same-sex marriage but made no
announcement about any decision they may have reached.
The high court is considering whether to review five
separate challenges to a federal law that prevents married
same-sex couples from receiving federal benefits that
heterosexual spouses receive. It is also considering whether to
review California's ban on same-sex marriage, known as
Proposition 8, which voters narrowly approved in 2008.
An announcement about whether the court will review the gay
marriage cases could come as early as Monday morning.