Family Law Prof Blog

Editor: Margaret Ryznar
Indiana University
Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Monday, January 7, 2013

Upcoming Supreme Court Cases

This opinion piece in the Washington Post discusses the options the Supreme Court could take regarding the upcoming two cases on same sex marriage—one on California’s Proposition 8, which bans same-sex marriage, and the other on the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which effectively denies federal benefits to legally same-sex couples.  Advocates of same-sex marriage, floored from the four recent outcomes in favor of gay marriage during the November 2012 election, hope to see a ruling from the Supreme Court “proclaiming marriage equality to be constitutionally guaranteed under the 14th Amendment.”  However, some are worried such an outcome would produce a backlash in socially conservative states.  The remainder of the article discusses possible rulings and the outcomes these rulings would have amongst these groups.

Read more here.


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