US Supreme Court to consider gay marriage in March

The US Supreme Court has announced plans to hear two days of arguments relating to same sex marriage legislation on March 26 and 27.

On day one, the justices will consider the case of Hollingsworth v Perry – which concerns Proposition 8, a constitutional amendment in California which forbade gay marriage before it was ruled unconstitutional. They following day they will consider the case of  United States v Windsor. The latter concerns the Defense of Marriage Act, a federal law which defines marriage as taking place between a man and a woman, and therefore prevents same gay couples from receiving federal benefits available to heterosexual couples, even when they were married in one of the nine US states which recognise same sex unions.

The US states of Maine, Maryland and Washington voted to legalise gay marriage in November last year.

Photo of the US Supreme Court building by Rob Crawley via Flickr under a Creative Commons licence

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