Line Forms Five Days Before Gay Marriage Supreme Court Cases

March 24, 2013
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The Supreme Court will hear two important cases this week regarding gay marriage.

The Supreme Court will hear two important cases this week regarding gay marriage.

Thinking about trying to attend oral arguments at the Supreme Court this week for either case involving same-sex marriage?  Too late.  The line started forming on Thursday for cases that won’t be heard until Tuesday and Wednesday.  Some of those in line are being paid to hold the spot of someone else.  The queue for the Obamacare cases didn’t form until three days prior.  Typically, only 250 seats are available to the general public.  On Tuesday, the Court will hear a challenge to California’s Proposition 8, which was a voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage in 2008.  David Boies and Ted Olson, who battled each other in Bush v Gore, have teamed up in support of gay marriage rights.  On Wednesday, the Court will hear a challenge to the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), enacted in 1996.  It stated that the federal government recognizes marriage to be a legal union of one man and one woman.  Therefore, same-sex couples are not recognized for insurance purposes, social security benefits, or on income tax returns.  President Bill Clinton, who signed the DOMA into law 17 years ago, recently issued a statement, which included, “On March 27, DOMA will come before the Supreme Court, and the justices must decide whether it is consistent with the principles of a nation that honors freedom, equality and justice above all, and is therefore constitutional. As the president who signed the act into law, I have come to believe that DOMA is contrary to those principles and, in fact, incompatible with our Constitution.”  The Obama Administration has also filed briefs in support of overturning the Defense of Marriage Act.

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