Marriage Equality Before the Supreme Court: Prop 8 and DOMA
This is a big week for the future of gay marriage. Today and tomorrow, the Supreme Court of the United States will hear testimony for two key cases involving the rights of gay and lesbian couples to marry. Tuesday, the high court listened to arguments for and against Proposition 8, the 2008 California ballot measure aimed at defining marriage as a union between one man and one woman. On Wednesday, the Defense of Marriage Act will go before the justices. This 1996 statute bars the federal government from recognizing same-sex unions performed by states.
As you might expect, these very emotional issues are lighting up social media. On Facebook, many users are changing their profile picture to the red equal sign and posting photos of themselves wearing red to support marriage equality.
The hashtags #Prop8, #SCOTUS and #marriageequality trending on Twtitter.
Prop 8 is a litmus test for states rights. The Constitution is already under assault. It doesn't need to be bludgeoned to death more. #tcot— Gabriella Hoffman (@Gabby_Hoffman) March 26, 2013
Want to follow along?The Supreme Court website will be posting updates, including audio of each day’s proceedings and SCOTUS Blog is also posting updates on its site and on Twitter.
Are you following this week’s Supreme Court cases on gay marriage? Is it an idea whose time has come or something the federal government should stay out of? Share your thoughts in the comments.