Thursday, November 15, 2012
Same-Sex Marriage Cases Rescheduled
The Supreme Court of the United States had originally agreed to hear all of the same-sex marriage cases on November 20th. However, the court's electronic docket now states that the Supreme Court will hear those cases on November 30th. A majority of the cases that will be heard that day deal with the federal Defense of Marriage Act, one case involves an Arizona law that is similar to the defense of marriage act, and the last case is Hollingsworth v. Perry. This last case asks the court to determine whether "Proposition 8" in California that imposes a state-wide ban on same-sex marriage. It is likely that the recent change occurred because the Supreme Court needs more time to analyze the issues before hearing the case. According to SCOTUSblog, "[a]ll of the laws at issue had been struck down in lower courts."
See Lyle Denniston, Gay marriages cases re-set for Nov. 30, SCOTUSblog, Nov. 13, 2012.
Special thanks to Brian Cohan (Attorney at Law, Law Offices of Brian J. Cohan, P.C.) for bringing this article to my attention.