Tuesday, September 25, 2012

USSC LGBT Decisions Not Happening Today

The United States Supreme Court has not decided whether to grant certiorari in any of the numerous LGBT-related cases pending before the High Court today. The next time we could hear whether the court will decide whether it will decide the merits of these cases is next Monday at 9:30am.

The most important of the pending cases involves the appeal from heterosexual supremacists to resuscitate Proposition 8, a purported amendment to California's state constitution to ban any future same-sex marriages which has been rejected by every federal court that has considered it so far. The case is now called Hollingsworth v Perry, although when it was Perry v Brown both the federal district court and federal appellate court ruled in favor of the plaintiffs.

The next set of cases are the myriad DOMA cases from the 1st, 2nd and 9th circuits where  the forces for equality have won at the lower level and Paul Clement, representing the Republican majority in the U.S. House of Representatives, is attempting to defend the discriminatory status quo of enforcing heterosexual privilege by the federal government.

Stay tuned for more information next week!

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