Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its decisions on the much-anticipated Proposition 8 and Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) cases.
CAP played a lead role in passing Arizona’s 2008 marriage amendment, which constitutionally defined marriage as the union of one man and one woman. Neither of these rulings significantly affects our state’s marriage amendment.
Since last Wednesday, there has been a lot of debate and analysis surrounding these decisions. The Court left a number of questions unanswered, and there have been a number of updates about the future of DOMA, Prop 8, and marriage in America in general.
Here’s the latest:
- Ninth Circuit Court bypasses rule of law. In a very disturbing precedent now set by the Ninth Circuit Court, they have undermined the U.S. Supreme Court by forgoing the full legal process.
- What the Court did (and did not) do. A blog post from CAP Legal Counsel Josh Kredit on the key points of the marriage decisions.
- The legal analysis. Alliance Defending Freedom has provided a one page legal summary of both the Prop 8 and the DOMA decisions.
- It’s not inevitable. Ryan Anderson, a Heritage Foundation lawyer who the New York Times called “this country’s most influential conservative Christian thinker,” has been a strong proponent that same-sex marriage is far from inevitable.
- Arizona analysis. Following the Supreme Court rulings, CAP President Cathi Herrod took several interviews about what the decisions mean for Arizona.