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As SCOTUS Decision on DOMA and Prop 8 Approaches, AFER Looks at Its 14 Prior Marriage Decisions: VIDEO


As you probably know, this Friday the Supreme Court will conference on the DOMA and Prop 8 cases in front of it, and decide what they'll be taking on. AFER's Matt Baume takes us through the 14 cases in which the Supreme Court has ruled on marriage in a new video.

Watch it, AFTER THE JUMP...

In related news, SCOTUS Blog is publishing a four-part series on same-sex marriage and posted the first article today:

At its private Conference on Friday, the Court is scheduled to consider ten separate petitions seeking review of lower court decisions on that issue.  Eight of the petitions deal with the constitutionality of a 1996 federal law, the Defense of Marriage Act, as it applies to gays and lesbians who are already legally married under state law.  One petition deals with a similar state law adopted in 2009 in Arizona for state employees.  And the tenth involves the constitutionality of California’s “Proposition 8,” a voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage in that state.  Today’s first article in the series deals with the choice of a constitutional “standard of review” — that is, the test to be used to judge the validity of any of these laws.  Later articles in the series will deal with the legal arguments for and against same-sex marriage, and with the options the Justices have as they consider the ten petitions.

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  1. I think we will be bitterly disappointed if we are expecting the Supreme Court to do the right thing.

    They are mostly a bunch of corrupt right wingers who are part of the Republican Party machine. They are controlled by the Republican Party. They have made so many lousy decisions.

    It's time to scrap the failing, corrupt & biased Supreme Court. The whole idea is flawed. It hasn't worked for decades and it's continuing to be an embarrassment.

    Posted by: Icebloo | Nov 27, 2012 6:18:24 PM

  2. @Icebloo: Your comments are totally inaccurate. Since the 1950, the SCOTUS has generally handed down rulings that have increased the rights of individuals in our society. The present court is made up of five moderate to liberal Justices. The Courts of the U S are not an embarassment. They are instead usually the safeguarders of our freedoms. You should study a little U S history before you, as usual, make such silly and false pronouncements.

    Posted by: andrew | Nov 27, 2012 6:43:42 PM

  3. It seems they have an easy job. What have they been doing in the last few months? Why keep on delaying their decisions. Not that they are busy.

    Posted by: simon | Nov 27, 2012 8:03:49 PM

  4. SCOTUS pokus...just watch that dreamy little Matt Baume and swoon with me over whatever in the world he's talking about. Hey Matt it's me, I'm over here! Kiss.

    Posted by: UFFDA | Nov 27, 2012 8:13:29 PM

  5. If for no other reason than looking at this smarmy geek, I hope it stays in place. Doma is Health Care's revenge.

    Posted by: Gary | Nov 27, 2012 9:12:37 PM

  6. Gee, a little civics background might be useful. Andrew's right. The Court has performed its role quite admirably, especially with regard to civil rights. In fact, many rulings have paved the path which puts the issue of marriage equality at this decisive stage. And, the results of Nov. 6 with marriage equality legislation will play a factor, as will the shifts in public opinion, which the Justices do take into account. I'm cautiously optimistic. The legal merits have been demonstrated quite exhaustively.

    Posted by: Les | Nov 27, 2012 9:53:48 PM

  7. @Andrew and @Les, neither of you know what you are talking about. All justices on the Supreme Court are between conservative and moderate. There are no true liberals. More importantly, you are forgetting shameful decisions such as appointing Bush president, or Citizens United, or simply dumb statements from sitting US Justices. It's widely recognized that the Supreme Court is a joke, and one of the most popular beliefs for why Roberts agreed to uphold healthcare is simply so that he could somewhat try to uphold some respect for the Court and sense that it is not political and reactionary.

    Posted by: me | Nov 28, 2012 3:06:31 AM

  8. @ME The Supreme Court is only a "joke" to uninformed jokers like you.

    Posted by: andrew | Nov 28, 2012 5:25:11 AM

  9. @Andrew, or to people to read their decisions.

    Posted by: me | Nov 28, 2012 1:12:21 PM

  10. How about a legitimate, informed civics lesson for those arguing that SCOTUS has helped to advance or limit our freedoms? The truth is the latter, even as they have attempted the former. Allow me to recommend "Courting Disaster" by the esteemed Gerald Rosenberg from U Chicago.

    Posted by: Adam | Nov 28, 2012 11:30:29 PM

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