Sun Nov 25, 2012, 10:51 AM
xchrom (108,903 posts)
Why Gay Marriage Supporters Want The Supreme Court To 'Shut Up' This Week
The Supreme Court will meet behind closed doors Friday to decide whether it will hear major gay marriage cases.
The court might hear a challenge to the Defense of Marriage Act -- which defines marriage as between a man and a woman -- and a case involving California's Proposition 8, which banned gay marriage.
The Proposition 8 case could be a bigger game-changer than DOMA, but gay rights advocates are divided about whether the court should take up the issue now or later.
In Prop 8, the Ninth Circuit rejected the state's ban on gay marriage as unconstitutional.
Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/supreme-court-hearing-gay-marriage-2012-11#ixzz2DFKFIXsW
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Why Gay Marriage Supporters Want The Supreme Court To 'Shut Up' This Week (Original post)
Response to joeybee12 (Reply #1)
Mon Nov 26, 2012, 04:24 PM
pinto (106,886 posts)
2. I'd like them to leave Prop 8 ruling stand (unconstitutional); take up the federal benefits appeal.
Which, from a layman's POV, may be likely.
It seems SCOTUS is looking to avoid any state v. federal issues. Yet the federal benefits appeal is clearly a specific issue that pertains to the federal government. In light of the Administration's Don't Ask, Don't Tell call, it would follow that the federal trend continue in broader legal terms.
It'll be interesting to see which cases, if any, they choose to put on the docket for the next session.