Rulings on two important cases involving same-sex marriage are set to be announced on June 26. According to the Hollywood Reporter on June 25, U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Roberts announced that the cases involving the Defense of Marriage Act and California’s Proposition 8 will be released on the last remaining day of the term, which will be Wednesday.
Both cases will make history either way as the nation has been eagerly awaiting since March when the Supreme Court heard arguments in both cases. Hollingsworth v. Perry deems California’s Proposition 8 as unconstitutional. The measure, which was voted in on the 2008 ballot, currently states that “only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California.” The DOMA case, United States v. Winsor, challenges the constitutionality of Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act. This case has more of a national impact as DOMA currently restricts federal marriage benefits to same-sex couples.
Ironically, former U.S. President Bill Clinton, who signed the bill back in 1996, has been very vocal in asking the Supreme Court to strike down the law that he now sees as “unconstitutional” and asked the Supreme Court to consider the principles that this nation was built on.
Come Wednesday, will the qualities of freedom, equality and justice fly high or will it become evident that the nation, primarily the LGBT community, still has a long way to go when it comes to equal rights?
The months of buildup has finally come to a conclusion and hopefully a satisfying one for same-sex couples across the country. The opinions are speculated to come from Justice Roberts and Justice Anthony Kennedy who haven’t delivered opinions thus far.
It will be an early morning in California and through the nation as same-sex marriage takes center stage to await its fate. Hopefully, when the rulings are heard, there will be a standing ovation from the hands of equality.