Mar 31, 2013

[Pink News] US Supreme Court Hears Gay Marriage Arguments

This week, the US Supreme Court heard arguments related to two major cases - California's Proposition 8 and the Defense Against Marriage Act (DOMA). To help generate support online, the Human Rights Campaign asked social media users to change their profile photo to an image to the one above to show solidarity with the fight for marriage equality for the LGBT community.

It's hard to determine how either ruling will go, but the arguments for both sides were pretty impressive. The Supreme Court has posted full audio recordings and text transcripts of the proceedings which make for a most interesting use of your time - take notes Philippines LGBT rights advocates!

Here are the links for the arguments on Proposition 8 and DOMA respectively.

In addition, TIME has put together this great interactive timeline of the LGBT rights struggle in the US.

In the meantime, let's all hope for the best for our fellow queers in the US! I'm pretty confident that DOMA will be overturned but I strongly suspect that the Supreme Court will sidestep a ruling on Proposition 8 entirely and just pave the way for gay marriages to resume in California but no where else in the US. It'll still be good news, but not as great as them ruling in favor of same-sex marriage for the entire US.

Fingers crossed!
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