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CFI Skeptics of Eugene Message Board › Supreme Court Summer 2013 Hearing of DOMA and Prop 8 cases

Supreme Court Summer 2013 Hearing of DOMA and Prop 8 cases

Ruth M.
Nice, FR
Post #: 226
Here's a petition to encourage the Supreme Court to rule DOMA unconstitutional:

Tell Supreme Court: End DOMA Discrimination NOW!

Please post links to petitions and info about organizations that are coordinating the voices of those of us who support marriage equality.

With the Supremes hearing cases involving California's Prop 8 and DOMA, now is a good time for us to throw in our 2 cents worth to encourage them to do the right thing. We can do this by writing letters to the editors to educate other citizens and encourage/motivate them to express their views. We should also educate ourselves as needed to improve our communications on the subject and amplify our voices through social networking and by encouraging others to make their voices be heard. The Supreme Court will be hearing these cases because the nation is very quickly moving toward support of marriage equality. This is the current status of the issue: Marriage Equality Current Status The legal issues, however, are not simple. There is much more to be said ...

Ruth M.
Nice, FR
Post #: 227

New Poll: Support for Marriage Equality Sees 21-Point Jump in Last Eight Years

Support for marriage equality has increased by 21 points over the last eight years, according to a new Hart/McInturff poll for NBC News/Wall Street Journal. The bipartisan poll shows support for marriage equality at 51 percent, up significantly from 30 percent in 2004 and 41 percent in 2009. The survey is just the latest in a series of polls illustrating the growing momentum for marriage equality. A November Gallup poll found that 53 percent of Americans support committed gay and lesbian couples getting married, while a recent Washington Post/ABC News survey also found majority support.

Last month, for the first time ever, voters in Maine, Maryland, and Washington State approved marriage equality; while voters in Minnesota soundly rejected a proposed constitutional amendment that would have banned same-sex couples from marrying. The Hart/McInturff poll found increased support for marriage equality at the state level, with 55 percent of voters saying they would support a marriage equality law passed in their state.

Forty percent of those surveyed opposed allowing same-sex couples to marry, down significantly from 62 percent in 2004, according to the poll. In a testament to the power of personal stories, 60 percent of those supporting marriage equality reported knowing someone who is gay. Of those opposing marriage equality, only 31 percent reported even knowing a gay or lesbian person – while nearly 60 percent said they didn’t know any.

HRC (Human Rights Campaign) reported yesterday that pro-equality supporters fighting for marriage equality in Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, and Washington State this year raised more than $34 million from mostly small donors. The opposition, meanwhile, raised just $12 million – nearly two-thirds of which came from the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) and the Roman Catholic Church. In fact, NOM saw a steep one-third decline in contributions in 2011, with two mysterious donors providing 75 percent of the organization’s funding.
Ruth M.
Nice, FR
Post #: 264
We thought this would be heard in June, but now it's been announced that these issues will be heard by the Supreme Court in March 26 and 27. This was announced 2 weeks ago but I'm just getting around to posting it here: http://www.rawstory.c...­

The US Supreme Court will hear arguments on March 26 and 27 on the sensitive topic of gay marriage, one of the thorniest social disputes in modern America.

Same-sex marriage is currently barred by a federal law, yet legal in nine states and the capital, Washington.

The court’s announcement last month that it would take up the issue received cheers from opponents and advocates of the practice alike, who said a ruling by the justices could help settle the topic.

In announcing its schedule Monday, the court said it would take up the question of California’s ban on same-sex unions first, on March 26, and then the next day hear challenges to a federal law denying benefits to same-sex couples.

The court is expected to hand down its ruling in June.

The country’s highest court set aside an hour for each case, but observers believe that the hearings could well last much longer, because President Barack Obama’s administration as well as a group of elected Republicans have each been called to give their opinions.

On March 26, the Supreme Court will consider whether the 14th amendment to the US Constitution, which requires states to provide equal protection under the law to all people, would bar California from defining marriage in its own constitution as “between one man and one woman.”

If the court decides against the California ban, its decision could affect the 31 other states that forbid gay marriage in their constitutions or legislation.

Then on March 27, the court will turn to the federal Defense of Marriage Act, or “DOMA,” which defines marriage as the legal union of one man and one woman and denies federal benefits to married same-sex couples.
Ruth M.
Nice, FR
Post #: 320

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