Supreme Court Taking up Marriage Equality – Will Hear Arguments on Prop 8, DOMA
December 7, 2012 by Chad Griffin, President
The Supreme Court has just announced that it will hear arguments in the Prop. 8 case, Hollingsworth v. Perry. What's also exciting is that the Court simultaneously announced it’ll take up the Defense of Marriage Act. This means we’ll finally get a ruling on this discriminatory law by June 2013.
A win in either of these cases would mark an incredible, decisive point in this movement's history, one I've been working toward since I helped bring the Prop. 8 case as co-founder of the American Foundation for Equal Rights.
Extreme right-wing leaders are going to immediately rally their base around today's announcement –claiming the Court can't outpace public opinion.
Thankfully though, a majority of Americans support marriage equality. We have to counteract the other side with one booming, united voice for marriage equality.
The Supreme Court has ruled 14 times that marriage is a fundamental right and with this historic first – a marriage equality case before the Supreme Court – they have a chance to move us toward a more perfect union, as they have done so many times in the past.
We've come too far to give up now. The plaintiff couples of the Prop. 8 case, Kris Perry & Sandy Stier, and Paul Katami & Jeff Zarrillo, have won their case twice before – in a federal district court in California and again in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals earlier this year. I've been amazed by their courage since we first began planning this case back in 2009.
If the Supreme Court decides in favor of equality, more than a quarter of Americans will live in states where LGBT couples can marry legally.
And if they rule DOMA unconstitutional, every single one of those couples will have the same federal rights and benefits of marriage as heterosexual couples.
The battle may not yet be over, but our strength as a movement is growing. Justice is on our side and we won’t stop until equality reaches every corner of our vast country. In the meantime, join us in taking action and showing the Court that a majority of Americans support a ruling in favor of equality.
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