Supreme Court Prepares to Determine Homosexual Marriage Review

The U.S. Supreme Court is preparing for a meeting behind closed doors on Friday that will determine how they will proceed with a gay marriage debate that is in the forefront of political discourse, especially after several states voted to legalize the union.

"They're going to take one or more of the cases" on the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), said David Boies, a lead attorney for two California couples challenging Proposition 8, which placed a ban on gay marriage. "The more complicated question is what they do with our case."

"There is sort of a circle at the core of all of this, which is DOMA, and from there it comes down to how broad to make the circle," added Jane Schachter, a Stanford University law professor. "One thing to think about is how much of the overarching issues do they want to get into."

The 1996 Defense of Marriage Act, signed by former President Bill Clinton, bars federal benefits to same-sex couples. The 2008 Proposition 8 bill in California was backed by the majority of voters, but the Supreme Court has been expected to take up the case and decide a course of action for some time now.

Traditional marriage advocates were dealt a blow on Election Day in November when four U.S. states voted by referendum to legalize same-sex marriage. Previously, the seven states that have permitted gay marriage all reached the decision through the court or legislative process.

Whether California will also recognize same-sex marriage remains to be seen, and much will depend on what action the Supreme Court decides to take, Mercury News has reported - noting that the highest judicial court in the country can either ban or legalize the practice nationwide, or continue the current state-by-state voter process that allows the people to decide on the issue.

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SOURCE: Christian Post
Stoyan Zaimov
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