AirTalk for March 25, 2013

SCOTUS Preview: Prop. 8, DOMA, and affirmative action

More than two dozen people bundled up to camp out before the U.S. Supreme Court for a seat to watch oral arguments in a same-sex marriage case on Tuesday.

Elise Hu/NPR

More than two dozen people bundled up to camp out before the U.S. Supreme Court for a seat to watch oral arguments in a same-sex marriage case on Tuesday.

The Supreme Court is having a busy week, with two hearings scheduled on cases concerning marriage equality and an announcement today that the court will take on a Michigan affirmative action case.

The hearing for Hollingsworth v. Perry, which addresses California’s Proposition 8 is set for Tuesday. On Wednesday, the court will rule on United States v. Windsor – the Defense of Marriage Act case. Hollingsworth v. Perry challenges the constitutionality of California’s ban on same-sex marriage. If the justices declare Prop. 8 unconstitutional, the ruling could affect similar laws in other states.

Wednesday’s decision about whether or not to federally recognize all marriages will also carry serious weight. DOMA defines marriage as between a man and a woman, and prevents married same-sex couples from receiving more than 1,000 federal benefits.

Will the Supreme Court rule in favor of state’s rights, or gay rights? Does popular opinion have an effect on Supreme Court rulings? Should it? Eyes are on anticipated swing voters – Justice Anthony Kennedy and Chief Justice John Roberts – what factors will go into the court’s decision?

Guests:
David Savage, Supreme Court reporter for the Los Angeles Times

Frank Newport, Editor-in-Chief, Gallup polling


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