Marriage Equality and the Supreme Court

Daniel Politi of Slate asks whether marriage equality advocates should root for the Supreme Court to take a marriage equality case. He writes:

The justices may decide this week whether to hear an appeal from those that defend California’s proposition 8, the 2008 initiative against marriage equality, reports the Los Angeles Times. On Friday, justices could also decide if they’ll hear a case on whether legally married gay couples have a right to equal benefits under the law.

Considering that appeals courts have already struck down parts of the Defense of Marriage Act that denies couples those rights, the justices seem almost certain to take up one of the five cases that seek to overturn the Clinton-era regulation. “I don’t think we’ve ever had an occasion where the Supreme Court has had so many gay rights cases knocking at its door,” Lambda Legal Executive Director Jon Davidson tells the Associated Press. …

But it’s the case surrounding Proposition 8 that will decide the deeper question of whether marriage equality should be the law of the land. And some gay marriage advocates insist it’s best for the justices to do nothing for now, not only because a majority might vote against marriage equality but also because it could lead to a big backlash that might turn the tide of public opinion. Even Ted Olson, one of the lawyers who led the attack against Proposition 8 is torn, notes the Los Angeles Times.

“We won the case, and if they don’t take it, our clients have won. They will be allowed to marry,” Olson said. “But if they take the case, it could lead to a broader victory.”

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  1. tgflux

    As a Californian (who doesn’t want to make the Perfect the enemy of the Good), I rather selfishly hope that SCOTUS does not take up Prop8. Let it fall (via the Appeals Court) here in the Golden State, so same-sex couples here can start marrying again.

    DOMA, however, is another kettle-of-stinky&bigoted-fish: SCOTUS, strike it down!!! (the portions in question, at least)

    JC Fisher

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