Four Ways SCOTUS Could Rule on Historic Marriage Equality Cases
June 11, 2013 by Maureen McCarty, HRC Deputy Director of Marketing
We expect the Supreme Court to rule in the next few weeks on the two marriage equality cases before them, Windsor v. U.S. and Hollingsworth v. Perry. On Decision Day, HRC's SCOTUS resource page will provide breaking news updates and analysis, but until then, we're helping to breakdown the broader implications of the cases, build engagement and support for marriage equality and educate our members and supporters on the potential outcomes.
Windsor v. U.S., challenges the constitutionality of a critical section of the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act. Hollingsworth v. Perry challenges Proposition 8, California's constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage in the state.
While we wait for SCOTUS to render its decisions, national support for the rights of loving, committed same-sex couples to marry continues to grow. A recent ABC News/Washington Post poll shows a record high of 58 percent of registered voters nationwide support marriage equality. Moreover, 64 percent of these voters say that the constitution should be the basis for establishing a right to marry for same-sex couples compared to individual states.
A win in either of these cases would mark a monumentous point in our fight for equality.
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