Never before has the U.S. Supreme Court heard two significant gay rights cases simultaneously, and its rulings in these cases (expected in late June 2013) could be a defining moment in our entire community's decades-long struggle for equality under the law.
The future of our family rests in your hands. You have the power to make it devastatingly difficult. You can make it confusing and convoluted. Or you can do the right thing. Please, Justice Kennedy, please, please, do the right thing.
Last Friday, as my staff and I sat hunched at our desks, refreshing the SCOTUS Blog for updates from the U.S. Supreme Court, the gravity of this moment in history hit me. The moment that we have been striving toward for decades was close. We were finally getting our day in court.
There will be a natural tendency to focus on the legal challenges and the political fights, but history will show the true story of how we achieved marriage equality and how it was in fact a quilt woven of thousands of personal tales, most of which existed entirely outside the courtroom.
The plaintiffs, as expected, oppose Supreme Court review of this case, writing that "this Court's traditional standards for the exercise of certiorari jurisdiction lead inexorably to the conclusion that this Court's review is not warranted."
After Tuesday's Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals decision to strike down Prop 8 as unconstitutional, there are many questions on what this means and what comes next. Prop8TrialTracker.com consulted with our friends in the legal community and put together a list.