On this Friday, the Supreme Court is scheduled to consider multiple petitions seeking review of lower court decisions on the issue of same-sex marriage. Eight petitions deal with the constitutionality the Defense of Marriage Act of 1996 as it applies to gays and lesbians who are already legally married under state law. Another considers a similar state law adopted in Arizona in 2009 for state employees. The final petition involves the constitutionality of “Proposition 8,” a voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage in the state of California.
SCOTUSBlog is doing an excellent four part series on the issue of same-sex marriage this week. Part I considers the constitutional standard of review that should be applied. Part II considers the arguments in favor of same-sex marriage, while Part III considers the arguments against same-sex marriage. Finally, Part IV explores the options the Justices have as they consider the petitions. Check it out!