DOMA Could Be Repealed Soon: SCOTUS Decides on Friday Whether to Take on Gay Marriage
The Supreme Court will meet on Friday to decide whether to take on gay marriage, according to ABC News.
The nine justices could decide to review the case against Proposition 8, the 2008 California ballot initiative passed by 52% of voters of The Golden State to define marriage between a man and a woman.
The measure was struck in February, by the state's 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, which determined the proposition "lessen the status and human dignity of gays and lesbians in California."
That's why supporters of Proposition 8, such as Charles J. Cooper, a lawyer for ProtectMarriage.com, the original sponsor of the proposition, hope the Supreme Court appeals the 9th Circuit Court's ruling.
"Californians of all races, creeds, and walks of life have opted to preserve the traditional definition of marriage not because they seek to dishonor gays and lesbians as a class, but because they believe that the traditional definition of marriage continues to meaningfully serve society's legitimate interests," said Cooper.
But opponents of Prop 8, represented by David Boies and Theodore Olson (the odd couple that was on opposite sides during the Bush v. Gore case in 2000), claim gay marriage is the "defining civil rights issue of our time."
"By eliminating the right of individuals of the same sex to marry, Proposition 8 relegated same-sex couples seeking government recognition of their relationships to so-called 'domestic partnerships.' Under California law, domestic partners are granted nearly all the substantive rights and obligations of a married couple, but are denied the venerated label of 'marriage' and all of the respect, recognition and public acceptance that goes with that institution," Boies and Olson say.