Protesters on both sides closely watched the 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals decision on Proposition 8.
Protesters on both sides closely watched the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decision on Proposition 8. (Don Clyde/KQED)

Update Jun 17: And the wait continues

Update: Per SCOTUSblog, four opinions are in, none of them one of the same-sex marriage cases. That’s it for today — the court has recessed until Monday, when we’ll be back here again on Prop. 8/DOMA watch.

(The court did issue a significant ruling on gene patenting, with potentially big implications for the biotech industry.)

Original post

There’s a possibility that the U.S. Supreme Court will release its decisions on either Proposition 8, the Defense of Marriage Act, or both this morning, around 7 a.m. PDT. It’s not very likely, according to inveterate SCOTUS watchers. But, on the other hand, people have made entire careers out of unsuccessfully trying to predict what the high court will do. So, here we are, monitoring.

SCOTUSblog, which almost always is first in reporting the decisions, has begun live blogging. Here’s a list from the site of all the cases that are still outstanding from the October 2012 term. (There’s a major decision on an affirmative action case that could come down today.)

Prop. 8, of course, is California’s same-sex marriage ban that was struck down on narrow grounds by the 9th U.S. Circuit of Appeals. Should SCOTUS uphold that decision, same-sex marriages could begin again in California in mid- to-late July, according to San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera’s office. (San Francisco was an intervenor in the case on the plaintiff’s side.) If the court uses the case to issue a more sweeping ruling that all same-sex marriage bans are illegal, that would effectively legalize same-sex marriage throughout the country. There are many in-between possibilities as well.

DOMA is a 1996 federal law that defines marriage as between only a man and a woman. It prevents those who are in same-sex marriages from receiving a host of federal benefits, such as the ability to file a joint tax return. In the case before the court, a widow was forced to pay $363,000 in inheritance taxes after her female spouse died, a liability she would not have incurred if she’d been married to a man. A federal appeals court ruled that provision of DOMA was unconstitutional. Another provision, requiring states to recognize only opposite-sex marriages performed in other states, is not at issue here.

No Prop. 8, DOMA Supreme Court Decisions Today — Next Possibility is Monday 17 June,2013Jon Brooks

  • kevin72132003

    The Supreme Court will issue its opinion when it does. It will not do so before it does or afterwards.

  • KNotere6488

    The Supreme Court will issue its opinion when it does. It will not do so before it does or afterwards.

  • dschr

    I hope they rule righteously.

    • Taylor

      FYI, marriage is NOT a religious institution. It has become one in some people’s eyes, but originally it was for the purpose of passing down property. Educate yourself before spewing out misinformation.

      • dschr

        Marriage was instituted at creation. When Jesus made Eve just for Adam.
        And it has been that way every since.
        Except for Sodom and Gomorrah,those people deviated from Gods plan and where dealt with severely. Also the people before the flood had some funny ideas and only 8 souls were saved “noah and his family”
        Also i am educated thank you very much,its just we are not from the same faith. What ever your faith, marriage has always been a religious institution.

  • Toto

    Who cares what a biased author thinks of the DOMA and PROP-8? The bias shows through. Why not reveal how Prop-8, a voter initiative in CA was mistreated by the elected officers, defaulting on their responsibilities? Prop-8 will have even more supporters, under the next proposition. Anti Prop-8 is about corrupt, sold-out, State government (which everyone knows California has).

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