Update: The U.S. Supreme Court declined to take up the issue of gay marriage this session. Read more about this decision's implications here.
Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette is optimistic the U.S. Supreme Court will agree to take up the question of gay marriage this year.
The high court starts its new term on Monday. But the court has not yet agreed to consider any gay marriage cases.
Schuette expects the justices will decide to hear a gay marriage case out of Utah this term.
“The sooner the United States Supreme Court makes a ruling on this issue, the better off our country will be,” says Schuette. “And I will honor and respect and defend any decision by the highest court in the land.”
Schuette is currently defending Michigan’s anti-gay marriage law in the courts.
A federal judge struck down the voter-approved referendum earlier this year.
In Michigan, 300 same-sex couples were married after the ruling and before the state won a stay of the ruling. Their marital status remains in a legal limbo pending the outcome of the state’s court case.