USA: Prop 8 / Defense of Marriage Act Updates: Partisan Divide; Lawyer List

Written by scott on March 16th, 2013

Defense of Marriage ActA couple more news stories on Prop 8 / Defense of Marriage Act for Saturday morning. First off, The Washington Post reports on the partisan divide in the two cases:

A continuing distinct partisan divide is present in the gay marriage cases at the Supreme Court, set for arguments March 26-27, even though a brief on behalf of more than 100 prominent Republicans calls for marriage equality. The split is most apparent in legal briefs filed with the court by state attorneys general. All 21 attorneys general who have signed legal briefs or letters urging the court to uphold California’s ban on same-sex marriage are Republican… An additional 14 attorneys general who are asking the court for the opposite outcome are Democrats, including those from the nine states that allow gay couples to wed. Also among those Democrats are California’s Kamala Harris and Ellen Rosenblum of Oregon, which has a constitutional prohibition on same-sex weddings. Obama won all 14 states.

Our friends over at GayUSA have the list of lawyers who will argue the two sides before the Court:

The Supreme Court on Friday afternoon released the list of attorneys who will argue the DOMA and Prop 8, same-sex marriage cases. On Tuesday, March 26, 10 a.m. in the California Prop 8 Case Hollingsworth, et al., v. Perry, et al. (12-144): Combined, one hour of oral argument on the constitutionality of California’s Proposition 8 ban on same-sex marriage, and on the question of “standing” to appeal for the sponsors of that ballot measure.

See the list and full details at the link above.


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