Wednesday, June 26, 2013

DOMA and Prop 8 Cases Decided by Supreme Court

In March, we made two brief posts about oral arguments in two significant U.S. Supreme Court cases, one considering the Defense of Marriage Act and the other considering California's Proposition 8.  This morning, the U.S. Supreme Court issued decisions in both cases.  In United States v. Windsor, the Court held key provisions of the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional.  In Hollingsworth v. Perry, the Court dismissed due to a lack of jurisdiction over the appeal.  For the same reasons that the Supreme Court lacked jurisdiction, the Court also held that the Ninth Circuit lacked jurisdiction as well.  The effect  of those actions in Hollingsworth is to allow the District Court's decision stand.  The District Court had struck down Proposition 8.

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