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March 28, 2013

Inside the Supreme Court Marriage Equality Hearings

This is a post by Aaron Tax, SAGE’s Director of Federal Government Relations. He attended the Prop 8 and DOMA hearings on Tuesday and Wednesday this week, and tweeted live from the steps of the Supreme Court. Visits twitter.com/sageusa to follow all the latest news.

I had the good fortune to attend the Supreme Court hearings this week on Prop 8 and DOMA. However, after standing in line in the dark and the cold on two long consecutive mornings, the last thing I wanted to hear from the Supreme Court was anything about standing (albeit standing of a different variety).  Given the long and circuitous procedural paths each of the cases took to get to the Supreme Court, that was, however, one of the common themes over two days of arguments on same-sex marriage.  The first day focused on whether individuals have a Constitutional right to get married  to someone of the same sex. The second focused on whether the federal government must recognize those marriages.  I was fortunate to be able to spend some time with Edie, the named plaintiff in the second case, Windsor v. United States.

 

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Aaron Tax and Edie Windsor

 

"It was glorious," said Edie, when I asked her what it was like to walk out the front door of the Supreme  Court yesterday and onto the glistening marble stairs below, with throngs of supporters lining the sidewalk. And I cannot help but think that everyone standing at the bottom of those steps thought she looked glorious coming out of the Supreme Court, having just carried the hopes and dreams of millions of LGBT Americans on her shoulders.  The Supreme Court is expected to issue decisions in both cases by the end of June. 

Visit the Supreme Court’s website to listen to the oral arguments for the Prop 8 case and Edie’s DOMA challenge.

 

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Aaron and others cheer on Edie Windsor

 

 

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