Supreme Court Meets In Closed Conference To Decide On Hearing Same-Sex Marriage Cases From Several States

Battle lines are already being drawn after the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.  In a statement, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said the high court vacancy should not be filled until the next president is sworn in. 

Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid fired back, saying a failure to fill the vacancy would be a "shameful abdication of one of the Senate's most essential Constitutional responsibilities."  President Obama is expected to nominate a replacement for Scalia but it may go nowhere in the Republican-led Senate.  Obama is in his final year in office.  

Scalia was part of a five-justice conservative majority on the Supreme Court.  Failure to confirm a replacement could put the high court into a prolonged stalemate. The 79-year old Scalia was found dead at a resort in West Texas.  Scalia was the longest serving justice on the Supreme Court.  He was appointed by President Ronald Reagan in 1986. 

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