Friday, December 7, 2012

All I Want for My Birthday is SCOTUS Decision

Assuming that SCOTUS, The Supreme Court of the United States, does not act today, the may issue an order on Monday about up to 10 cases affecting marriage equality.

In case they are reading my blog, here is what I would like:

1) Deny the appeal of Proposition 8 in Perry v. California.  This would allow the 9th circuit court's decision that declared denial of marriage as unconstitutional under the California Constitution to stand.  The court would then lift its stay and marriage in California would resume.  Following previous posts you may know that would restore full marriage rights to 38 million people.  Thirty percent of the population would then have equal access to marriage.  That's 92 million of 312 million according to the 2010 census.

2) Hear any of the cases that challenge the constitutionality of DOMA, The so-called Defense of Marriage Act.  DOMA says that not federal rights or responsibilities tied to marriage can be granted to a marriage unless it is between one man and one woman.   This of course runs up against Article 4 of the Constitution which grants "full faith and credit" to the laws and statutes of other states.  There are 8 of theses cases.  Massachusetts has had marriage equality since 2003.

UPDATE: Moments after posting: 3:15 PM.  SCOTUS is hear both DOMA and PROP 8.  This is potentially bad news.... it will not be argued/decided until March.

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