December 10, 2012
By Matt Baume
Breaking news and a huge step forward in AFER’s case to overturn Prop 8.
Today we received word that we will be arguing our case before the Supreme Court of the United States.
This is the culmination of AFER’s work: The opportunity to defend our two prior victories before the highest court in the country. Now it all comes down to two fundamental American freedoms: equal protection and due process under the law, both of which require that committed gay and lesbian couples be allowed the freedom to marry.
AFER’s already won this case twice. Both the Federal District Court and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals held that Proposition 8 is unconstitutional.
Not only that, but the Supreme Court of the United States has itself ruled in fourteen separate cases that marriage is a fundamental right. Now we can prove to the court that withholding rights from gay and lesbian Americans and their children is clearly harmful and irrational.
The next step will be submitting briefs and presenting oral arguments before the court. Then they’ll rule on our case no later than the end of June. So by next summer, we’ll have a definitive ruling on the constitutionality of Prop 8.
Visit AFER.org to learn more, and to find out how you can help support the case. At the American Foundation for Equal Rights, I’m Matt Baume. Thanks for watching.