Today’s Prop 8 / Defense of Marriage Act Updates: 3/14/13

Written by scott on March 14th, 2013

Prop 8A few things to add today on Prop 8 and Defense of Marriage Act – AFER has a new video out called “Making Our Case at the Supreme Court” about their planned Prop 8 case:

We are now less than two weeks away from making our case at the U.S. Supreme Court, so we put together this quick video about what we’re fighting for and what’s at stake. In less than 13 days, AFER’s attorneys Ted Olson and David Boies will walk into the Supreme Court with our plaintiffs, Kris Perry & Sandy Stier and Paul Katami & Jeff Zarrillo, to argue that the Constitution guarantees all Americans—from Berkeley and Burbank to Fort Worth and Philadelphia—the fundamental freedom to marry the person they love.

The Washington Post looks at whether the family backgrounds of the Supreme Court Justices will play a role in their decisions:

Members of the court have firsthand experience with divorce and adoption, as well as making it alone without ever getting married. Just five of the nine justices have been married once and have had biological children with their spouses. “The diversity of the family lives of the justices mirrors the diversity of American families overall,” said Andrew Cherlin, a Johns Hopkins University sociologist who studies families and public policy. These varied family portraits of the justices are somewhat at odds with the arguments of gay marriage opponents who stress the unique ability of heterosexual couples to have babies as a reason to uphold bans on same-sex marriage.

In other news, Prop 8 lawyer David Boies made a prediction, as USA Today reports:

A well-known attorney due to ask the U.S. Supreme Court this month to strike down a California law banning same-sex marriage says the high court may very well present a united front in favor of gay and lesbian rights. In a wide-ranging interview this week with the USA TODAY Editorial Board, attorney David Boies said he believes that the court’s ruling, expected in June, “will not be a 5-4 decision. I don’t know whether it’s going to be 6-3, it’s going to be 7-2,” he said. “I don’t know where it’s going to come out, but I don’t think this is going to be a 5-4 decision.”

And Al Jazeera reports on the impending demise of DOMA:

Yet here we are, in 2013, at the cusp of a radical shift in same-sex marriage equality in the US. DOMA’s demise is imminent: the Obama administration has effectively blocked it in the courts, and the global turn of public opinion toward “gay marriage” has even impelled the Queen of England to throw her support behind the LGBTQ community in our struggle for marriage equality. Same-sex marriage is now legal in nine US states, the majority of American voters support legalising it across the board, and President Obama called for it in his second inaugural address. Marriage equality is on the way. You can feel it in the air. But cultural acceptance is not what is really driving the demise of DOMA. The Defense of Marriage Act will fall because, simply put, it does not work.

Twelve more days until the hearings.


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