The U.S. Supreme Court has signaled that it could decide by the end of November whether to hear a case challenging the constitutionality of Proposition 8, California's gay marriage ban.

The justices on Monday included the case in a list of legal challenges it may consider. Other cases related to gay nuptials are also listed.

The court is expected to review the cases at its November 20 Conference and an announcement could come as early as Monday, November 26.

“For far too long, gay and lesbian couples in California have been waiting to exercise the fundamental freedom to marry that the United States Constitution already tells them they have,” said Adam Umhoefer, executive director of the American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER), the group formed specifically to challenge Prop 8. “With the distribution of our case for the Court's consideration, we move one step closer to the day when the nation will be able to live up to the promise of liberty and equality enshrined in our Constitution, and all Americans will be able to marry the person they love.”

Cases related to marriage equality petitioned to the high court include challenges to the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), California's Proposition 8 and Arizona's decision to end domestic partnership benefits to state employees. All are scheduled for consideration at the court's November 20 Conference.

(Related: DOJ asks Supreme Court to hear New York DOMA challenge.)

It is important to note that should the court decide against taking the Proposition 8 petition, then marriage rights for gay couples would be restored in California. That is, weddings could resume in California possibly within a few days after such a decision.