Supreme Court To Hear Gay Marriage Cases March 26-27
PEMA LEVY 12:33 PM EST, MONDAY JANUARY 7, 2013
The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments to two high-profile cases on marriage equality on subsequent days in March, according to the court's schedule of oral arguments released Monday, Scotusblog reports. On March 26, the court will hear arguments on California's Proposition 8 followed by the case on the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) on March 27.
I was almost certain they'd rule against it just because of the make up of the court (I think Roberts surprised everyone). I'm going to go out on a limb and say we won't be as lucky this time.
Issue: (1) Whether the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment prohibits the State of California from defining marriage as the union of a man and a woman; and (2) whether petitioners have standing under Article III, § 2 of the Constitution in this case.
If you break it down we know:
all 4 liberal justices will vote yes/no
the 3 most conservative judges (Scalia, Thomas, and Alito) will vote no/yes