More than 80 Republicans will send a brief to the justices hearing the case over the constitutionality of California’s Proposition 8. Among the most prominent figures are Ken Mehlman, Reps. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Richard Hanna, and several former governors and House members.
The Alliance Defending Freedom is urging prayers for the lawyers fighting to uphold Proposition 8 and DOMA for them, their families, and their “service on behalf of the just and worthy cause of protecting marriage.” Lawyers opposing the laws get prayers “that God would manifest His goodness in [their] life.”
“The only substantive question in this case is whether the State is entitled to exclude gay men and lesbians from the institution of marriage and deprive their relationships—their love—of the respect, and dignity and social acceptance, that heterosexual marriages enjoy,” lawyers for two California couples told the Supreme Court Thursday.
“I have to make sure that I’m not interjecting myself too much into this process, particularly when we’re not a party to the case,” Obama said Wednesday. If the administration weighs in, it will have to come by Feb. 28.
America’s Catholic bishops have gone from a strong attack on interracial marriage bans in 1967 to a plea against being “held hostage” by states that allow same-sex couples to marry in 2013.
The day after a broad affirmation of LGBT equality, the White House press secretary dodges the question while pressed on the issue. Advocates want answers.
“Our Constitution does not mandate the traditional gendered definition of marriage, but neither does our Constitution condemn it,” supporters of the marriage ban argue.
The gay conservative group had avoided taking a position on the issue in the past. LaSalvia cites a need for “a truly conservative voice” to stand up for marriage equality.
Months before it will hear oral arguments in the cases challenging the Defense of Marriage Act and California’s Proposition 8, the Supreme Court staff already are getting ready. Visit the DOMA/Prop 8 page at the court: DOMPRP8.aspx.
Weighing in for the first time to support a state legislative effort that would let gay couples to marry, Obama goes further than ever on the issue. Still unresolved: Whether Obama thinks the U.S. Constitution requires marriage equality.
The Supreme Court is hearing cases about California’s Proposition 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act this spring. Here are the states LGBT advocates want to move to the “marriage equality” column by June, when the court’s big decisions traditionally are released.
A college freshman drew attention this week for challenging conservative Justice Antonin Scalia over his views on homosexuality. Here are the cases behind the exchange.
LGBT advocates praised President Obama in May for his announcement that he believes same-sex couples should be allowed to marry. With the Supreme Court hearing the appeal of California’s Proposition 8, however, Obama faces another test on the issue.
The fate of gay and lesbian equality rests in a pair of challenges being heard by the Supreme Court in the coming months. All eyes will be on the nine justices — and history.
Challenge to Defense of Marriage Act will pit the U.S. government on both sides of the issue. Challenge to California’s Proposition 8 — and, possibly, the constitutionality of gay marriage bans — to be heard as well.
Coalition opposed to marriage equality asks Supreme Court to resolve whether the U.S. Constitution “requires Nevada to change its definition of marriage from the union of a man and a woman to the union of two persons.” Case comes on heels of several others awaiting action by the court.
On Monday, the Supreme Court again gave no word on the status of several cases addressing the rights of gay and lesbian couples. Next news could come Friday.
No action from the Supreme Court Friday on cases involving same-sex couples’ marriage rights. News could come Monday, but that looks unlikely.
There is a lot happening. The cases and the stakes in 11 easy pieces.
If the Supreme Court denies an appeal of the Proposition 8 challenge, same-sex couples soon will be able to marry in California. Although the city wants 24-hour notice to prepare, court rules suggest that might not happen. [UPDATE: LA asks for notice, too.]
On Friday, the Supreme Court is expected to decide whether it will be hearing cases about the Defense of Marriage Act and California’s Proposition 8. Constitutional rights of same-sex couples hang in the balance.
Ten-day delay is the second time the justices have put off deciding whether they will hear cases challenging DOMA, Proposition 8 in the coming year.
After decades of fits and starts, Tuesday’s election results were unambiguous: The LGBT rights movement is winning.
Marriage is on the ballot in four states Tuesday, but that’s just the beginning. “This is never over,” says Brian Brown.
The justices are scheduled to consider whether to hear appeals of any DOMA cases or a case challenging California’s Proposition 8.
The delay in the Proposition 8 and Defense of Marriage Act cases was to be expected, as BuzzFeed reported on Sept. 21. The court may not decide on whether to take appeals of either law until late November.
White House press secretary on same-sex couples’ potential marriage rights case: “I don’t have anything to say on that at this time.” Obama announced his personal support in May.
Although Romney barely mentioned marriage in Tampa, the Supreme Court, other votes this November and debate moderators may push marriage back onto the main stage.
No, it’s not a creepy Photoshop from the darkest bowels of a slash fiction forum, it’s the shoot for Miley’s campaign with NOH8. NOH8 is a marriage equality and gay rights organization. Good for her.