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Supreme Court To Decide Fate of Prop 8 and DOMA Cases in Conference on November 20

The Supreme Court will conference the DOMA cases and federal challenge to Proposition 8 in a private meeting on November 20, AFER reports:

SupremesThe Justices will meet to discuss our case, along with several challenges to the so-called Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), at their private Conference scheduled for Tuesday, November 20.

The Court is expected to either:

Grant review of our Prop. 8 challenge, at which point AFER’s legal team, led by distinguished attorneys Ted Olson and David Boies, will submit written briefs and present oral arguments by April 2013. A final decision on Prop. 8 and marriage equality is expected by June 2013.

Deny review, making permanent the landmark federal appeals court ruling that found Prop. 8 UNCONSTITUTIONAL. Marriage equality will be restored in California.

The Court is expected to release an Order List with its decisions on cases it has granted or denied review from its November 20 Conference by Monday, November 26.

The Court has no obligation to set a timeline for making a decision on granting or denying review..

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  1. WOW Once again Gay citizens are at the fore front of Civil Rights tidal waves. A Supreme Court meeting just for the right to civil marriage. Amazing.

    Posted by: Sargon Bighorn | Oct 29, 2012 1:08:18 PM


  2. Why do I have the feeling their decision will be based upon the results of the election? I do not trust the Supreme Court to be fair and judicious. They are 5 crazy right-wing ideologues. The end of our Republic is nigh.

    Posted by: The Polar Beast | Oct 29, 2012 2:58:30 PM


  3. @The Polar Beast, Anthony Kennedy has voted in our favor before. I think we can get Roberts and Alito (Alito was in favor of gay rights in the early 70s when he was in college). But it's kind of nice to know we get a special day at the supreme court dedicated to the gays lol.

    Posted by: Anthony | Oct 29, 2012 3:16:20 PM


  4. Roberts switched his vote on Obamacare. Regular justices follow the letter of the law and have a conscience about it. The SJC can essentially do what they want. Of course they go through the motions and cite cases, but they also ignore precedent when it's convenient for them. Most of the justices have an agenda, but at least Roberts pauses. He switched his vote because he knows the reputation he's creating for himself and his court and it's ugly. He won't be the deciding vote against gays ever -- he knows how history will treat him and his ego is more important than his politics.

    Posted by: David | Oct 29, 2012 6:56:32 PM


  5. Don't rely on the Supreme Court to help us. They are and always have been a right wing biased group of people.

    At least two people with need to be replaced in the next four years - it could even be three. If Romney wins he will replace them with right wing extremists which will affect the US and our rights for decades to come.

    GET OUT AND VOTE FOR OBAMA people ! Don't stay at home and then regret it later. Regrets don't give us our rights !

    Posted by: Icebloo | Oct 29, 2012 7:42:49 PM


  6. I found your site by reference to Mauriz Kweicien, Polish Opera singer being gay., but then could not find the notice in your site.

    Please advise.

    thank you.

    Posted by: Dennis Pitts | Oct 29, 2012 11:13:11 PM


  7. Lawrence vs. Texas, the sodomy case, was a 5-4 decision. Scalia and Thomas voted to uphold sodomy laws. (Can Thomas talk while Scalia drinks water?)

    Could easily be overturned if Romney wins. The conservatives will delay deciding these cases if they know Romney has reinforcements on the way. Scary!

    Huffington Post showed Obama ahead but now their site is down- hacked or due to storm? Hard to say.

    Posted by: Rob | Oct 30, 2012 5:17:21 AM


  8. @Rob. Lawrence v. Texas was decided in a 6-3 decision (not 5-4). The dissenters were Rehnquist, Scalia, Thomas. Thomas noted that it was a stupid law, but he still wanted it to be left to the states to decide.
    Interesting note. Obama stressed in his MTV interview (Oct. 26, 2012) that he thinks same sex marriage should be a state issue. Obama supports the idea of citizens voting on same sex marriage.
    e.g., Obama does not see us as equal to a hetero interracial couple. Our rights should be up for "discussion" (to use Obama's word.)

    Posted by: Aubrey Haltom | Oct 30, 2012 11:13:46 AM


  9. It's clear that SCOTUS is waiting until after the election to see how the vote in Washington, Maine, Maryland, and Minnesota turns out. If we lose all four, don't expect anything gay friendly from SCOTUS.

    Hope for the best but always prepare for the worst.

    Posted by: Howard | Oct 30, 2012 3:20:50 PM


  10. The most important reason to choose Obama over Romney is that the president nominates the Justices to the U.S.Supreme court.Many of the most importat issues in the U.S A. are decided by a majority vote on the Supreme Court. Many of the Justices are old or in poor health. The next president will probably get to nominate several Justices to the Court. Obama will nominate progressives. Romney will nominate reactionaries to the high court.

    Posted by: andrew | Oct 30, 2012 9:49:32 PM


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