27 March 2013

SCOTUS, DOMA, and Prop 8: Now we wait

Today, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments concerning the constitutionality of 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.

Yesterday, they focused on California's Proposition 8, the 2008 ballot initiative that outlawed same-sex marriage in that state.

Predictions by analysts are mixed. Many seem to think that the Supremes are more likely to overturn DOMA than Prop 8.

But, all things considered, anything could happen.

So now we wait. Decisions in both cases are expected in late June.

In the meantime, I hope the majority of the Court will recognize that denying to gays and lesbians basic rights that are available to everyone else is simply bigotry - and bigotry should not be the law of the land.

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