Civil and Human Rights

CAC Reacts To Supreme Court’s Marriage Equality Rulings

SUPREME COURT PLAZA, Washington, DC – On news this morning that the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its opinions in the two marriage equality cases argued this Term – Hollingsworth v. Perry and United States v. Windsor – Constitutional Accountability Center Vice President Judith E. Schaeffer released the following statement:

 

“Today was a big victory for equality at the Supreme Court.

 

“In a resounding decision striking down a core part of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), the court held that the Constitution prohiibits the federal government from making legally married same-sex couples second class citizens.

 

“Then, in a second ruling, the Court let stand the District Court’s holding that California’s Proposition 8 violates the Fourteenth Amendment rights of gay men and lesbians in California. Proposition 8 and the regime of federal discrimination under DOMA are no more. 

 

“Ten years ago today in the landmark case of Lawrence v. Texas, the Court struck down state laws making gay men and lesbians criminals. Today is another huge step forward in vindicating the Constitution’s promise of equality for all persons.”

 

#

 

Resources:

 

CAC’s case page, including “friend of the court” brief, for Hollingsworth v. Perry (Proposition 8): http://theusconstitution.org/cases/hollingsworth-v-perry

 

CAC’s case page, including “friend of the court” brief, for United States v. Windsor (DOMA): http://theusconstitution.org/cases/united-states-v-windsor 

 

“Will Supreme Court recognize my marriage?,” Judith E. Schaeffer , March 27, 2013:

http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2013/03/26/supreme-court-gay-marriage/2022377/ 

 

“It’s Not A Mystery When State Laws Prohibiting Same-Sex Couples From Marrying ‘Became Unconstitutional’”

Elizabeth B. Wydra, March 26, 2013: http://theusconstitution.org/text-history/1900/its-not-mystery-when-state-laws-prohibiting-same-sex-couples-marrying-became 

 

Perry: A Resounding Affirmation of the Fourteenth Amendment’s Universal Guarantee of Equality,” David H. Gans, 

February 9, 2012: http://theusconstitution.org/text-history/1293/perry-v-brown-resounding-affirmation-fourteenth-amendment%E2%80%99s-universal-guarantee 

 

##

 

Constitutional Accountability Center (www.theusconstitution.org) is a think tank, public interest law firm, and action center dedicated to fulfilling the progressive promise of the Constitution’s text and history.

 

###

 

More from Civil and Human Rights

Civil and Human Rights
May 18, 2022

OP-ED: The Framers Were Big Fans of Liberty, Unlike Samuel Alito

Slate
Justice Samuel Alito’s draft majority opinion in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization would overrule Roe v. Wade, permit states...
By: David H. Gans
Access to Justice
U.S. Supreme Court

Arellano v. McDonough

In Arellano v. McDonough, the Supreme Court is considering whether a one-year deadline for veterans to submit claims for retroactive compensation for service-connected disabilities can be extended under principles of equitable tolling.
Rule of Law
May 17, 2022

Awaiting Major Cases in the Shadow of Dobbs

As we enter the final weeks of the Supreme Court’s October 2021 term, all eyes,...
By: Charles Miller
Voting Rights and Democracy
May 16, 2022

RELEASE: Supreme Court Gives Pass to Post-Election Corruption

WASHINGTON, DC – Following the Supreme Court issuing its ruling today in Federal Election Commission...
By: Miriam Becker-Cohen
Civil and Human Rights
May 16, 2022

RELEASE: ALEX JONES ADMITS LIABILITY FOR STATEMENTS ABOUT BRENNAN GILMORE 

Gilmore Litigation “Strikes a Blow Against Conspiracy Theorists and Disinformation Peddlers”  CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA – Brennan...
By: Elizabeth B. Wydra, Brennan Gilmore
Civil and Human Rights
May 8, 2022

Column: The right to abortion is deeply rooted in the Constitution and flows from amends for slavery

Los Angeles Times
Now that we’ve had a moment to digest the leaked Supreme Court draft opinion overturning Roe vs....
By: David H. Gans, By Robin Abcarian