Breaking news via NOH8 Campaign:
The U.S. Supreme Court announced today that they will be hearing an appeal to the February 9th, 2012 US District Circuit Court of Appeals decision that upheld Judge Vaughn Walker’s ruling on Prop 8, which declared the proposition unconstitutional. In light of the Supreme Court’s decision to hear that appeal, the rights of California’s same-sex couples remain on the line. However, this decision also ensures same-sex couples the opportunity to fight for the right to marry on a federal level.
Having originated in response to the passage of Prop 8 in November 2008 and not having stopped fighting in the four years since, the NOH8 Campaign is proud to call California home. So many incredible organizations and activists have dedicated the last four years of their lives to restoring marriage equality to California, and we know it’s only a matter of time.
We want to send out a special thanks the American Federation for Equal Rights for their tireless work in the Prop 8 case.
The Supreme Court was also presented with several cases that would challenge the constitutionality of DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act), potentially opening up the opportunity to achieve marriage equality on a federal level. So long as the court decided to hear at least one of these cases, the end result would be the same.
The Supreme Court announced they have decided to hear at least one of those cases, which means we can expect briefing to begin soo n and end around March, culminating with a hearing next Spring. The stage is set, and the Supreme Court’s decision guarantees that federal marriage equality will have its day in court!
Today’s developments and the impact they will have on the future of equal rights could be huge. The Supreme Court’s decisions have added to the momentum for marriage equality seen this past election, and we’re anxious and excited to see what else the future may bring. We share today with each and every person and family affected by legislation like Prop 8 and DOMA.