Same-Sex Marriage Decision Imminent
Posted at 3:45 p.m. on June 25
The Supreme Court announced that it will reconvene tomorrow at 10:00 AM ET to issue the final three cases of the term, including the two same-sex marriage cases, Hollingsworth v. Perry and Windsor v. United States.
PolitiFact looks at the possible rulings:
“Option 1: Uphold both Prop 8 and DOMA…. The status quo would stand — no same-sex marriage in California, and no federal recognition of same-sex marriage… Option 2: Punt, citing questions of ‘standing.’ The justices could decide that the backers of Prop 8 (or possibly DOMA) aren’t the right parties to defend the law… Option 3: A mixed decision.”
“Option 4: Support same-sex marriage on very limited grounds. For instance, the court could rule that any state that had once allowed same-sex marriage can’t take it away… Option 5: Support same-sex marriage in a more middle-of-the-road fashion. The court could rule that if states have civil unions that are legally identical to marriage, then they cannot deny the label ‘marriage’ to same sex couples… Option 6: Support same-sex marriage everywhere all at once.”
Sean Sullivan has an interactive chart showing how each potential ruling would impact the number of states allowing same-sex marriage/