24 March 2013

Same-sex marriage goes to SCOTUS

This week, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in two important cases related to marriage equality:

• On Tuesday, March 26, in Hollingsworth v. Perry, they will consider the constitutionality of California's Proposition 8, the 2008 ballot initiative that outlawed same-sex marriage in that state. Their decision in this case could potentially set a precedent for other states and start a rippling effect through the court system nationwide.

• On Wednesday, March 27, in United States v. Windsor, they will hear about the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which defines marriage for all federal and interstate purposes as a legal union between one man and one woman. The Obama administration and Justice Department stopped defending DOMA in 2011, having determined that it is discriminatory and therefore unconstitutional. But House Speaker Boehner and his crew have taken the matter into their own hands, and they continue to spend our tax dollars in their fight to defend DOMA and uphold bigotry and inequality as the law of the land.

According to a recent Washington Post-ABC poll, a majority of Americans - 58 percent - now believe that same-sex marriage should be legal. But 58 percent of Americans won't be making the decisions in those two court cases. Given the current makeup of the Court, anything could happen in either case.

Decisions in both cases are not expected until late June. Stay tuned, with fingers crossed for equality.

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