People line up outside the Supreme Court in Washington (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
WASHINGTON (AP) Gay marriage and affirmative action are among the front-burner issues still pending as the Supreme Court winds down its current term.
The court holds its last scheduled session on Monday, but can add days until they remaining 11 cases are resolved.
Among the cases still awaiting a decision are two involving the volatile issue of same-sex marriage. One is a challenge to California's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. The other is an attack on a provision of federal law that prevents legally married gay couples from receiving a range of tax, health and pension benefits.
Also on the court's to-do list is an affirmative action case. In this one, a white woman who was denied admission to the University of Texas is trying to overturn the school's consideration of race, among many factors, in filling the last quarter of its freshman classes.
A broad ruling could end the use of race in college admissions nationwide.