Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Gay Marriage Supreme Court Dates

This just in from AFER (American Foundation for Equal Rights) that the United States Supreme Court announced it will hear oral argument in Hollingsworth v. Perry the federal constitutional challenge to California’s Proposition 8, on Tuesday, March 26th 2013. Enacted in November 2008 Proposition 8 eliminated the fundamental freedom of gay & lesbian Californians to marry. On December 7th 2012 the Supreme Court granted review in Perry to consider whether Prop 8 violates the Due Process & Equal Protection Clauses of the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution. The Perry case was filed on May 22nd 2009 in Federal District Court on behalf of two California couples, Kris Perry & Sandy Stier, & Paul Katami & Jeff Zarrillo. On February 7th 2012 the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued a landmark ruling upholding the historic August 2010 decision of the Federal District Court that found Prop 8 unconstitutional. The Supreme Court also indicated today that it will hear oral argument in United States v. Windsor, a challenge to the constitutionality of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), on Wednesday, March 27th 2013. Enacted by Congress in 1996, DOMA nullifies the marriages of gay & lesbian couples for all purposes of federal law. So we’re moving forward!! Updates to Come…:)

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