See photos from Tuesday taken in front of the U.S. Supreme Court.
This week the U.S. Supreme Court is hearing oral arguments on two cases related to marriage equality in the United States. California’s Proposition 8 (officially Hollingsworth v. Perry) came before the Court yesterday.
Today justices will hear arguments on the 1996 federal Defense of Marriage Act (the case is officially United States v. Windsor). The law officially established marriage as between one man one woman for federal legal purposes; each state sets its own marriage laws.
Details and Wrap-ups
- What happened Tuesday regarding Proposition 8? Two local LGBT publications are covering the Court proceedings this week. MetroWeekly also has a good review of what happened yesterday, and the Washington Blade has several stories on the cases.
- Another great place to get details and summaries is at SCOTUSblog, sponsored by Bloomberg Law. You can also follow their reporters on Twitter. Here’s an end-of-day recap from one of SCOTUSblog’s reporters.
- The New York Times’ Nate Silver has a piece on his FiveThirtyEight blog about the changing attitudes in America toward same-sex marriage (support has and is growing rapidly), and how rulings by the Supreme Court might affect future activism and support on the issue.
- A June ruling by the justices in both cases is thought likely.
The Scene Outside
The front steps and grounds of the Supreme Court building were packed on Tuesday with supporters and opponents of same-sex marriage. Numerous people carried signs and chanted for or against what has become a historical moment for same-sex marriage.
Current State Laws
The District of Columbia is one of 10 U.S. states or jurisdictions where same-sex couples can marry; the others are Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, Maryland, Iowa and Washington. Rhode Island and New Mexico recognize out-of-state same-sex marriages. Illinois and Minnesota may pass marriage equality laws in the near future.