The Supreme Court will enter the national debate over same-sex marriage. The Court next term will hear a pair of cases challenging state and federal laws that define marriage to include only unions of a man and a woman, The New York Times reports.
The Supreme Court's move comes six months after its 5-4 decision upholding Obamacare, led by Chief Justice John Roberts. Legal and political analysts predicted the same-sex marriage cases could bring a similar outcome - or not.
"Thought experiment: What if Roberts were to preside over a court which upheld Obamacare, potentially struck down anti-same sex marriage laws," tweeted NBC's Mike O'Brien (@mpoindc).
Peter Baker of The New York Times (@peterbakernyt) put it this way on Twitter: "Supr Court to hear 2 gay rights cases, Calif same-sex marriage and DOMA challenge. Guess we know what everyone will be talking about in June".
And Huffington Post's Sam Stein (@samsteinhp) wrote, "Richard Socarides, a prominent LGBT adv, tells me it was 'too important' for these two cases 'to be left for later.' Predicts a win on both."
Via The New York Times and Politix reporting.
Posted Nov 7, 12:30pm PST.