Preview Of US Supreme Court Same-Sex Marriage Cases

Preview Of US Supreme Court Same-Sex Marriage Cases

The U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments on two cases that address same-sex marriage: the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act and California's Proposition 8.

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments this week in two same-sex marriage cases. One is a challenge to California's Proposition 8, which bans gay unions. The other asks whether the Defense of Marriage Act is constitutional. Known as DOMA, it prohibits the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages, even in states where they are legal. Recent polls have given supporters of same-sex unions hope. Many show Americans’ attitudes have shifted strongly in their favor. Opponents point out that only a handful of states has approved such marriages and predict the justices will decide the cases narrowly.

Guests

Robert Destro

professor of law and director of the Interdisciplinary Program in Law & Religion Columbus School of Law at The Catholic University of America.

Jeffrey Rosen

professor at George Washington University Law School, legal affairs editor of The New Republic, and author of "The Supreme Court: The Personalities and Rivalries that Defined America" and co-editor of "Constitution 3.0."

Evan Wolfson

founder and president of Freedom to Marry.

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