Patt Morrison for June 6, 2012

Major gay marriage cases head to United States Supreme Court

Federal Appeals Court Rules Anti-Gay Marriage Bill, Proposition 8 Unconstitutional

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Opponent of Proposition 8, California's anti-gay marriage bill, Eddie Reynoso celebrates at Los Angeles City Hall on February 7, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the voter-approved Proposition 8 measure violates the civil rights of gay men and lesbians.

Back in February, a three-judge panel of the California 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Proposition 8 – the state ban on same-sex marriage – unconstitutional.

On Tuesday, the California 9th Circuit Court of Appeals declined to revisit its original ruling on Proposition 8 en banc, which makes the U.S. Supreme Court the next place for the appeal. Alliance Defense Fund lawyer Brian Raum told The Associated Press Tuesday that ADF and other sponsors of the gay marriage ban plan to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to review the landmark appellate court ruling. There are also a variety of challenges to the ban on same sex marriage and the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) that have been winding their way through the court system, heading towards the U.S. Supreme Court.

WEIGH IN:

What’s the strategy involved in choosing which case should arrive first?

Guests:

Eugene Volokh, constitutional law professor, UCLA School of Law

Julie Small, KPCC’s State Capitol reporter

Rick Jacobs, founder, director, Courage Campaign

Jim Campbell, attorney, Alliance Defense Fund


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