Gay marriage gets high court look
December 10, 2012
California’s current ban on gay marriages will be scrutinized by the U.S. Supreme Court, which decided Friday it will review a legal challenge to the voter mandate. (Sacramento Bee)
The high court will consider a prior decision by a federal appeals panel which overturned Proposition 8. The conservative-dominated court’s pronouncement surprised legal experts and could lead to reestablishment of the ban.
Justices also will hear arguments on a challenge of the Defense of Marriage Act, which denies gay married couples many federal benefits.
The court will consider a February decision by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals which torpedoed the law. At that time, Judge Stephen Reinhardt wrote, “Proposition 8 serves no purpose, and has no effect, other than to lessen the status and human dignity of gays and lesbians in California, and to officially reclassify their relationships and families as inferior to those of opposite-sex couples. The Constitution simply does not allow for laws of this sort.”