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U.S. Supreme Court DOMA Conference

By Charlotte Robinson, December 03, 2012
UPDATE: Again, no gay marriage orders. The Supreme Court on Monday released added orders from its Friday Conference but the list did not include any on the 10 cases dealing with the gay marriage issue. It now appears that those cases will be rescheduled for the Conference this Friday morning. An announcement could come after that session. Updates to Come...:)
Again we’re in a holding pattern waiting for the United States Supreme Court to decide if they will hear arguments this term in one or more cases related to DOMA (the Defense of Marriage Act). GLAD (Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders) is party to 2 of the cases the Court may review, Gill v. Office of Personnel Management & Pedersen v. Office of Personnel Management. In both of these cases a Federal Appeals Court has ruled Section 3 of DOMA unconstitutional, which denies federal recognition & rights to legally marriaged of same-gender couples. Then we have AFER (American Foundation for Equal Rights) in California also waiting to hear if the U.S. Supreme Court will consider whether to grant review in Hollingsworth v. Perry (formerly Perry v. Brown), the federal constitutional challenge to California’s Proposition 8. These cases all challenge the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) & were distributed for discussion at the Justices’ private Conference scheduled last Friday, November 30th & now they’re scheduled for Monday, December 3rd at 9:30A EST. We’re standing by to bring you all the updates exclusively through GLAD Civil Rights Project Director Mary Bonauto & from the Prop 8 case Plaintiffs’ lead co-counsel Theodore B. Olson & David Boies; plaintiffs Kris Perry & Sandy Stier & Paul Katami Jeff Zarrillo as well as AFER co-founder Chad Griffin now President of HRC & AFER executive director Adam Umhoefer. Updates to Come…:)

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