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Justices Remain Silent on Gay Marriage in Calif.

WASHINGTON (CN) - The Supreme Court did not issue orders on Monday to resolve the issue of gay marriage in California, meaning that the much-anticipated decision could be another week away.

The 9th Circuit found the gay marriage ban unconstitutional in February 2012, and refused to rehear the case in June, but it stayed that mandate for 90 days pending a petition for certiorari to the Supreme Court by the backers of Proposition 8.

Anticipating a rush on city hall by protesters or same-sex couples seeking marriage licenses and ceremonies, San Francisco City Attorney Therese Stewart asked the 9th Circuit last week to give the city 24 hours notice before it lifts the stay.

Noting that the court considered the case at its Nov. 30 conference, Stewart said the justices decision on whether to hear the case was imminent.

But the court did not include the case, captioned Hollingsworth v. Perry, in its Nov. 30 orders granting certiorari to two cases, nor did the case appear in its Monday order. The court did not grant certiorari on any cases Monday.

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