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Jeff Kubina
U.S. Supreme Court

By Jacob Combs

Please chip in to help send EqualityOnTrial.com to DC to cover the Prop 8 and DOMA cases, live and in person.

Next week, the U.S. Supreme Court will consider two of the most important LGBT rights cases in our nation’s history.

Not only will the Court ask whether the Defense of Marriage Act’s denial of federal marriage rights to duly married same-sex couples violates the U.S. Constitution, it will also consider the validity of California’s Proposition 8 and examine whether that law–and possibly whether any other state law banning marriage equality–can endure the scrutiny of our nation’s founding document.

This is history in the making, and EqualityOnTrial is going to be there, at the Supreme Court, to cover the cases in full during oral arguments.  As our original name — Prop8TrialTracker.com — demonstrated, our site is committed to the best, most comprehensive coverage of the Prop 8 case anywhere on the web. 

We were there in the San Francisco district court in January 2010 when Judge Vaughn Walker opened the trial that would decide Prop 8’s constitutionality, with Rick liveblogging from the courtroom after the Supreme Court blocked Judge Walker’s plan to televise the proceedings.  We also covered the Ninth Circuit’s decision last February upholding Judge Walker’s decision against Prop 8, as well as further proceedings at the district court.

These oral arguments are the second to last major push of reporting we will do on the Prop 8 case, followed only by the Supreme Court’s eventual decision before June.  The cases being considered by the Supreme Court this spring could lead to the end of marriage discrimination across the nation, and will certainly lay the groundwork to bring about full LGBT equality in the future.

As we have before, we need your help.  I’m taking the train down from New York, Scottie is flying into DC from Alabama and Adam is traversing across the country from California.  We’ll be staying in modest accommodations near the the Supreme Court building and the Capitol, all to bring you the best coverage we can — but of course, all of these things cost money!

Please consider chipping in $15, $20, or any amount you might contribute to help us cover the costs of traveling to and staying in DC during this crucial time for the Prop 8 case and LGBT equality.  Any amount you donate helps us keep the blog running efficiently and smoothly, and gives us the opportunity to focus on what counts: our coverage and our analysis.

And, of course, you have our word that EqualityOnTrial will be chock full of both of those next week.  We’ll go beyond what questions the justices ask to what they mean — how the justices are leaning, whether the case looks likely to be decided on procedural issues or on the merits.  The eyes of the national media will be on the Supreme Court next week, but only EqualityOnTrial provides the focused, in-depth, analytical explanation of the complexities of the legal arguments surrounding the Prop 8 and DOMA cases.

This is it.  We’re so excited to be bringing you our coverage from Washington for this historic occasion.  Please be sure to follow our coverage next week and chip in if you’re able.

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