The Supreme Court on Monday took no action in regard to several cases related to gay marriage.

The court released its first set of cases justices have declined to hear, but none of the marriage cases were included.

Had the court declined to hear an appeal in Perry v. Hollingsworth, the case challenging California's gay marriage ban, Proposition 8, then a lower court's ruling against the amendment would have been made permanent, and the marriages of gay and lesbian couples taking place before the constitutional amendment was narrowly approved by voters in November 2008 could resume within days.

The court has also been asked to review four cases challenging the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), the 1996 law which bans federal agencies from recognizing the legal marriages of gay couples.

Legal analysts have suggested that the court might not act on any of the marriage cases until several weeks after the general election, when all of the DOMA cases will be eligible for consideration by the justices, and could decide to merge several cases.