During an appearance Wednesday in Colorado, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia said he knew when the court will consider a case challenging state bans on gay marriage.

The high court has added five cases challenging such bans to its agenda but at its first meeting this week to plan for the new term the justices neither accepted nor rejected any of those cases.

(Related: Supreme Court justices take no action on gay marriage cases.)

After giving a speech at the University of Colorado, Scalia fielded a question from a high school student who wanted to know when the court would take up the issue.

“I know when,” the AP quoted him as saying, “but I'm not going to tell you.”

After the audience's laughter subsided, Scalia added, “Soon! Soon!”