Supremes to hear Prop 8 & DOMA
No, sorry, that’s the Supreme Court of the United States, not the Supremes. But that’s the big news today, the Supreme Court will be hearing Prop 8 and DOMA.
As usual, P8TT has the details here.
So what does this mean?
Well first, it means there won’t be any new marriages in California anytime soon. With the Prop 8 case still in play, the stay is still in effect.
In the long term, it could mean very little, or an awful lot. The court has the power to apply this decision either as narrowly as California or as broadly as the entire nation. A narrow ruling overturning Judge Walker’s decision effectively changes nothing from right now, while a broad one either way would impact marriage laws in all 50 states.
Its difficult for me to say whether this is a good thing or not. Had the supreme court decided not to hear Prop 8 then people would be able to get married as soon as the paperwork went through, this way they have at least months to go. And this has the potential to set precedent allowing people’s rights to be decided by majority vote, which is a pretty scary thought.
I guess there’s really nothing to do now but wait and see.