By: BBC UK World News
on December 01, 2012
The nine justices of the US Supreme Court have put off until next week a decision on whether to consider the constitutionality of same-sex marriage.
The US high court met to discuss cases to be heard, including a challenge to the federal Defense of Marriage Act (Doma) that outlaws gay marriage.
The 1996 law states that marriage can only be between a man and a woman.
The high court would hear any cases chosen by the coming spring and make a ruling by the end of June 2013.
Thirty-one of the 50 US states have passed constitutional amendments banning gay marriage, while Washington DC and nine states have legalised it, three of them in the recent US elections.
All of the possible cases before the Supreme Court deal with three laws:
Each of the laws has been struck down in rulings by lower courts.
The biggest question before the court is whether the right to marry must be extended to same-sex couples because it is a fundamental right under the US constitution's guarantee of equal protection to all citizens.
Analysts expect the Supreme Court will agree to hear challenges to Doma.
The federal law, signed by former President Bill Clinton, has been overturned by four federal courts and two courts of appeal, which said Doma unfairly discriminated against same-sex couples.
President Barack Obama, who backed gay marriage in May, also took the unusual step of announcing that his administration would not back Doma in court.
But the law is supported by Republicans in Congress.
A CBS News poll on Friday found that 51% of Americans thought gay marriage should be legal, while four in 10 did not.
Jude's Korean adventures
Alcohol in South Korea
All bars and local night establishments are filled to the brim with things you have seen in all other places like Jack Daniels and Jagermeister.
However you may spy a little green bottle with Korean writing on it and you may ask what is that? It's called Soju, my friends or 소주 for the Hangil inclined (Korean Language).
Soju is a spirit primarily made from rice, barley, potatoes or tapioca and has an average alcohol content of 20% ABV however there are some brands of Andong Soju that are upward of 45% ABV.
None the less, they will both get the job done. Soju has a taste very similar to vodka but it is slightly sweeter and easier to consume by itself.
Now we get to the matter of cost and availability; however rest assured the answer will be qiute positive. Soju is available all over South Korea from the local convenience store for 1,000 Won = roughly $1 or in a restaurant for 3,000 Won =$3. So these adult treats certainly won't set you back any considerable amount.
It alco mixes quite well with beer, cider, and energy drinks. Soju has been around since the 13th century and shows no signs of going anywhere anytime soon. So when you get the chance come on down to the Republic of South Korea and have a shot of deliciousness.
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