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U.S. Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Same-Sex Marriage Case

New York contends "Defense of Marriage Act” violates rights of same-sex couples.

The U.S. Supreme Court today has agreed to hear a challenge to the "Defense of Marriage Act,” which provides that same-sex marriages are not recognized for purposes of federal law. 

New York State Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman filed a brief in this case with Vermont and Connecticut arguing that "DOMA" violates same-sex couples’ right to equal protection under the U.S. Constitution. He contends the act should be more closely scrutinized because it constitutes a sweeping intrusion into the states’ regulation of marriage.

On Oct. 18, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in New York ruled that Section 3 of the so-called “Defense of Marriage Act” is unconstitutional because it discriminates against married same-sex couples. 

“I am pleased that the Court has decided to hear this case and I am hopeful that we will prevail," Schneiderman said. "The Second Circuit agreed with our argument that the proposed justifications for the Defense of Marriage Act should be subjected to special scrutiny, both because the statute burdens gay and lesbian married couples, and because it intrudes on the traditional role of states in defining marriage. The State of New York has long recognized out-of-state, same-sex marriages, and the enactment of the Marriage Equality Act further cements our state’s position on this critical civil rights issue. The Supreme Court should affirm the ruling of the Second Circuit and declare DOMA to be unconstitutional.”

Eli W December 08, 2012 at 11:51 PM
Gay marriage is not key to loss of sovereignty. The motive for destroying the nuclear family is control.
Teleman December 09, 2012 at 12:55 AM
Typical Lib, resorting to the immature comments. The goal of the feminist, gay and liberal movements all along has been to dissolve the nuclear family structure.
Teleman December 09, 2012 at 12:58 AM
Less than 2% of the American population is estimated to be gay- so we're going to change the definition of the word marriage for them? Just stupid
Teleman December 09, 2012 at 01:06 AM
Just my opinions on what I consider an unimportant topic- the country is going down the road of unsustainable debt, spending and tax increases- and the next 4 years this will be accelerated. These are the real things I worry about.
Len Martello December 09, 2012 at 09:40 PM
George Will, conservative commentator today on the gay marriage issue... Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/09/george-will-opposition-gay-marriage-dying_n_2267475.html?utm_hp_ref=politics&ir=Politics During ABC "This Week," conservative panelist George Will weighed in on what he called the "growing consensus" of public opinion regarding same-sex marriage. On Friday, the Supreme Court decided to take up two big cases. The court will hear one case challenging the Defense of Marriage Act, and a case on Proposition 8, which banned same-sex marriage in California. He continued, "On the other hand, they could say it's now safe to look at this because there is something like an emerging consensus. Quite literally, the opposition to gay marriage is dying. It's old people."

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