USA: Updates on the DOMA/Prop 8 Cases

Written by scott on January 28th, 2013

US Supreme CourtIn a great editorial, the New York Times says President Obama must file an amicus brief with the Supreme Court on Prop 8:

Now that Mr. Obama has declared that he believes denying gay people the right to wed is not only unfair and morally wrong but also legally unsupportable, the urgent question is how he will translate his words into action. To start, he should have his solicitor general file a brief in the Proposition 8 case being argued before the Supreme Court in March, saying that California’s voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional.

They also cite the risk of the administration skipping this important trial:

For the administration to be missing in action in this showdown risks conveying a message to the justices that it lacks confidence in the constitutional claims for ending gay people’s exclusion from marriage or that it believes Americans are not ready for a high court ruling making marriage equality the law of the land — impressions strikingly contradicted by legal precedent, the lessons of history and by the president’s own very powerful words.

In related news, San Francisco Catholic Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, whom you might remember was arrested for drunk driving last August, has some more words for the court on marriage equality, according to On Top Magazine:

“But the marriage debate is not about equality under the law, but rather the very meaning of marriage. Marriage is the only institution that unites children with their mothers and fathers. Protecting this understanding of marriage is not discrimination nor is it some kind of pronouncement on how adults live out their intimate relationships; it is standing for the common good.”

Whatever lets you sleep at night.


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