The Supreme Court has just released its calendar and will hear same-sex marriage cases — Proposition 8 and DOMA — on March 26 and 27. AFER, the American Foundation for Equal Rights, created to battle Prop 8, notes:
Today, the United States Supreme Court announced that it will hear oral argument in Hollingsworth v. Perry, AFER’s federal constitutional challenge to California’s Proposition 8, on Tuesday, March 26. The following day the Court will hear oral argument in United States v. Windsor, the ACLU’s case challenging the constitutionality of the so-called Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).
AFER’s legal team, led by distinguished co-counsel Ted Olson and David Boies, will once again argue that Prop. 8 violates United States Constitution. Our Constitution guarantees loving couples like AFER’s plaintiffs, Kris Perry & Sandy Stier and Paul Katami & Jeff Zarrillo, nothing less than full federal marriage equality. Prop. 8, DOMA and laws like them harm countless gay and lesbian Americans, singling them out for unequal, second-class treatment under the law.
DOMA is the Defense of Marriage Act of 1996 that bans the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages.
Scottie Thomaston at Prop 8 Trial Tracker also reports that “SCOTUSBlog reports that: ‘each case is scheduled for one hour of argument, although the fact that each is to be heard alone will allow the argument time to be expanded, and that appears likely.’”
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