March 27, 2013

Weekly RoundUp: Justice

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The United States Supreme Court is hearing arguments this week over the constitutionality of the 1996 federal Defense of Marriage Act.

The Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA, denies federal recognition and benefits for same-sex couples even if their unions are recognized by states.

Here’s a look at some of the most recent reports on the issues.

A Look at the Issues in the Defense of Marriage Act Case – The New York Times
“The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear almost two hours of arguments on Wednesday morning over the constitutionality of a part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act of 1996. Here is a look at the background of the case, United States v. Windsor, No. 12-307; the issues it raises; the lawyers who will argue it; and the possible outcomes.”

How Proposition 8 passed in California — and why it wouldn’t today – The Washington Post
“Lost amid today’s Supreme Court oral arguments on California’s Proposition 8 is a simple question: How did a gay marriage ban pass in one of the most liberal states in the country just four years ago?”

Utah governor speaks in support of traditional marriage – The Salt Lake Tribune
“Hundreds of people gathered in the Capitol Rotunda in Salt Lake City on Tuesday night for a rally for traditional marriage with this message: “Every child deserves a mom and a dad.'”

‘It’s Bad For Business’: Employers Side With DOMA Opponents – NPR
“On Wednesday, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear a challenge to the Defense of Marriage Act — the federal law that defines marriage as between a man and a woman. And among those asking the justices to strike it down is a broad cross section of corporate America.”