Today is Day 2 of oral arguments in the Supreme Court related to marriage equality. Yesterday’s arguments were on California’s Prop 8 and today’s arguments cover the so-called Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).
From TPM’s Sahil Kapur on yesterday’s session:
In oral arguments Tuesday morning on California’s Proposition 8, the Supreme Court appeared narrowly divided on the question of whether the Constitution’s guarantee of equal protection affords same sex couples the right to marry – but a majority of the justices appeared skeptical that the case has standing and flirted with throwing it out. […]
If the justices vacate the 9th Circuit’s decision, which is what is being appealed, the district court decision overturning Prop 8 would still stand, according to the respected SCOTUSblog, meaning same-sex marriage would be legal in California for now. Still, the case could be relitigated by a new party with proper standing.
From Think Progress’ Ian Millhiser a guide to the proceedings
the Supreme Court will hear two cases that could recognize the right of everyone, straight or gay, to marry the person they love. The first concerns California’s anti-gay Proposition 8, and could potentially extend the right to marry to same-sex couples in all fifty states. The second challenges the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), and could end the federal government’s practice of denying equal benefits to couples who are legally married under state law. Here is everything you need to know to understand these cases…
Democratic Senators in red states are weighing in:
Sen. Kay Hagan (D-NC) Announces Support For Marriage Equality
Sen. Mark Begich (D-AK) Backs Gay Marriage
Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT) Announces Support For Gay Marriage
Right-wing pundits set their hair on fire:
Fox News Contributors Say Marriage Equality Would Criminalize Christianity
From the Tweet deck:
Four examples of the junk science that’s been used to defend DOMA in court: ow.ly/jt7VD
— Media Matters (@mmfa) March 27, 2013
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