December 10, 2012
By Scottie Thomaston
Last Friday the Supreme Court decided it will hear challenges to Prop 8 and Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act. It took up the Hollingsworth v. Perry and United States v. Windsor cases, accepting their questions presented to the Court (the legal questions the Court will answer) in full, and adding questions on the legal standing of various parties to the litigation to appear in court.
This morning, more orders were released from the conference in which all the marriage cases and Brewer v. Diaz, a case related to Arizona’s domestic partnership benefits and the governor’s attempt to take them from same-sex couples. More specifically, denials of certiorari were expected today. While the Court denied review in a lot of cases today, they took no further actions on any of the gay rights cases. It now appears that these cases will be held until the two cases they took up on Friday are decided. Then, based on the outcome of those, the Court will send the cases back to the lower courts to decide how to proceed.
A decision on the Prop 8 and DOMA cases is expected in June 2013.
UPDATE 1:00PM ET: Jon Davidson, legal director at Lambda Legal writes:
The Supreme Court on Friday announced that it would review two important cases in the ongoing pursuit of equality for LGBT people. They were two among many petitions before the Court. Because of victories already won by Lambda Legal at the District and Appellate Court levels, lesbian and gay state employees in Arizona will continue to receive health coverage for their families, and Karen Golinski will continue to receive health coverage for her wife, Amy, while the Supreme Court deliberates over the cases it has agreed to review and issues further orders in June.
We are proud that we represent these couples and have won court battles that brought them health care and more security for their families. We are in this fight together, for as long as it takes, to get them and other same-sex couples over the finish line to equality.