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U.S. Supreme Court Tackles Gay Marriage Equality For the First Time

| On 26, Mar 2013

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Marriage equality protesters and foes gather outside the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C. (Photo by IFREDLEE / Instagram)

The U.S. Supreme Court (SCOTUS) is getting a ton of media coverage this week.

For the first-time ever, they are hearing arguments in two separate cases about same-sex marriage (SSM). The media coverage in print, TV, and online has been strong. It’s one of the rare times since the election that Congress and/or President Obama have not been front and center in the news. For me, it’s a welcome change in the news cycle.

As far as the court goes, the cases can be a bit confusing but they both center on marriage equality. The case being heard on Tuesday is ruling on the constitutionality of the Prop 8 legislation passed a few years ago by popular vote in California. That law made gay marriage illegal in the state. Obviously, SSM supporters want it overturned. Lower courts have ruled in favor of marriage equality re: Prop 8. But, the case kept climbing the ladder to get to the Supreme Court because of legal challenges.

On Wednesday, SCOTUS will hear arguments about the legality about the Defense of Marriage Act. That’s a federal law from 1996 that defines marriage as being between one man and one woman. SSM supporters want that one overturned as well because they are seeking to broaden the definition of marriage.

Think Progress got into a bit more detail about how the justices could rule or what the courtroom outcome could be. Click here to read their coverage. If you’re on Twitter, be sure to also check out @SCOTUSblog and their live run-down of the event.

The U.S. Supreme Court isn’t expected to release its final decision on the matters until the end of June at the latest.

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