US Supreme Court to hear landmark gay marriage cases
March 26, 2013 0 comments
Today (Tuesday 26 March) the justices will consider Proposition 8, a California constitutional amendment banning same-sex unions. The proposition was approved by the state’s voters in a 2008 referendum but later rescinded in 2010, when it was declared to be in breach of the US constitution.
On Wednesday the court will review the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). This federal law defines marriage as between a man and a woman, thereby preventing gay couples from enjoying the same federal benefits and tax breaks that heterosexual couples receive.
The court is expected to rule on both cases by the end of June.
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