The Supreme Court of the United States will hear oral arguments over two gay marriage cases on March 26 and 27. The two cases, Hollingsworth v. Perry and United States v. Windsor, are widely anticipated by both pro and anti-gay marriage advocates. Decisions are expected in late June, near the end of the court's term.
In particular, Hollingsworth v. Perry will deal with the constitutionality of California's Prop 8 law, which, by voter referendum, has made gay marriage illegal within the state since 2008. Prosecutors argue the proposition violates the 14th amendment's equal protection clause.
United States v. Windsor will question the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act, which prevents legally married same-sex couples from receiving federal tax benefits.
But opponents to Prop 8 are worried about their chances, the LA Times reports, because a court ruling, whether negative or positive in their favor, could last a decade. If Prop 8 is upheld, according to the San Francisco Chronicle, then gay marriage advocates will try to overturn Prop 8 by a ballot measure.Via the San Francisco Chronicle