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No Supreme Court Decision on Prop. 8 or DOMA Today; Next Possibility is Monday

June 20, 2013 | 7:20 am

No Supreme Court Decision on Prop. 8 or DOMA Today; Next Possibility is Monday

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Update: The U.S. Supreme Court released three decisions today, none of which was one of the closely watched cases on same-sex marriage, the Voting Rights Act and affirmative action in school admissions. The court now has 11 cases still remaining. There are only two scheduled decision-release days left, Monday and Thursday — though it’s possible […]

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Prop. 8 at the Supreme Court: What You Need to Know

June 19, 2013 | 3:20 pm

Prop. 8 at the Supreme Court: What You Need to Know

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by Rachael Marcus, Kelly Dunleavy O’Mara and Jon Brooks We are fast nearing a U.S. Supreme Court decision on Proposition 8, California’s same-sex marriage ban. The court does not announce in advance which opinions it will release on which days, but the last scheduled date for opinions to come down is Jun 27, though the […]

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No Prop. 8/DOMA Supreme Court Decisions — Watch Continues on Thursday

June 17, 2013 | 7:35 am

No Prop. 8/DOMA Supreme Court Decisions — Watch Continues on Thursday

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Update: SCOTUSblog tells us five opinions were released, none related to the same-sex marriage cases. Decisions on major cases on affirmative action and voting rights were also not issued. The court did strike down an Arizona law requiring proof of U.S. citizenship before registering to vote through a federal “motor voter” registration form. The court […]

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Analysis: Prop. 8 Case Unlikely to Result in Broad Right to Same-Sex Marriage

June 14, 2013 | 6:00 am

Analysis: Prop. 8 Case Unlikely to Result in Broad Right to Same-Sex Marriage

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Nearly five years after voters passed Proposition 8, the U.S. Supreme Court will soon decide the fate of California’s ban on same-sex marriage. But will that be the final word? When two same-sex couples filed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Prop. 8, their attorney, Theodore Olson, described the issue in sweeping terms. “The case […]

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No Prop. 8, DOMA Supreme Court Decisions Today — Next Possibility is Monday

June 13, 2013 | 6:55 am

No Prop. 8, DOMA Supreme Court Decisions Today — Next Possibility is Monday

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Update Jun 17: And the wait continues… Update: Per SCOTUSblog, four opinions are in, none of them one of the same-sex marriage cases. That’s it for today — the court has recessed until Monday, when we’ll be back here again on Prop. 8/DOMA watch. (The court did issue a significant ruling on gene patenting, with […]

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Prop 8 Judge Vaughn Walker: Courts’ Change on Same-Sex Marriage Was ‘Utterly Unimaginable’

June 12, 2013 | 6:00 pm

Prop 8 Judge Vaughn Walker: Courts’ Change on Same-Sex Marriage Was ‘Utterly Unimaginable’

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Ever since he struck down Proposition 8 in 2010, former federal judge Vaughn Walker has maintained a certain distance from the case. That’s probably wise, given that the Supreme Court has yet to make a final determination on his ruling. So when Walker called and invited me to hear him speak about LGBT legal issues […]

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No Prop 8 or DOMA Decisions From Supreme Court Today

June 10, 2013 | 6:21 am

No Prop 8 or DOMA Decisions From Supreme Court Today

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Update Thursday Jun 13: We’re again monitoring the possibility today that the court will issue its rulings on Prop 8 and/or DOMA. See that post here. Update: Per SCOTUSblog, three opinions have been issued, none of which are Hollingsworth v. Perry (Prop 8) or United States v. Windsor (DOMA). That’s it for today. There’s a […]

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DOMA Oral Arguments Explained

March 27, 2013 | 5:53 pm

DOMA Oral Arguments Explained

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For almost two hours Supreme Court justices heard arguments on the federal Defense of Marriage Act. The court covered wide ground, once again spending a significant amount of time on the topic of standing. This time the questions were around whether the Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group (BLAG), under the leadership of House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, had the legal right to sue. As in Proposition 8, the standing question could give the court the option to avoid the case by ruling that it should not have gone through the court system.

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The justices also spent time on whether the federal government should be in the marriage business at all, or if that should be left to the states. Several justices also challenged President Barack Obama’s 2011 decision to stop upholding DOMA, and what kinds of precedent that sets. Solicitor General Solicitor General Donald Verrilli Jr. often tried to bring up the equal protection clause, and whether it applies to gays and lesbians. However, the court often took that question and went back to federal versus states legal rights.

UC Davis Law Professor Vikram Amar discussed the oral arguments with KQED News.

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Amar: If one is going to read tea leaves based on the oral argument, it seems as if the court is not inclined to do something huge, in striking down the laws of 40 states that currently prohibit same-sex marriage. My big take-away from this has always been, the court did not really want to take these cases. … They may end up doing nothing at all, because both cases may get resolved on procedural standing grounds.

The basic idea is courts exist to decide crisp disputes, not just answer questions everyone wants answered. So unless you have somebody who is a plaintiff who has a lot at stake, and you have a defendant who is an appropriate defendant, then the court simply should not be able to render a ruling.

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March 27, 2013 | 10:54 am

Audio, Transcript of Supreme Court DOMA Oral Arguments

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On Wednesday morning the Supreme Court heard arguments on whether the federal Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional.

Listen to the hearing:

Read the transcript:

Read all the of the case filings in the Proposition 8 and DOMA cases.

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DOMA Live Blog: Follow the Action in Tweets and Photos

March 27, 2013 | 6:00 am

DOMA Live Blog: Follow the Action in Tweets and Photos

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