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Ginsburg: SCOTUS Likely to Tackle Defense of Marriage Act This Term

Thursday, 20 Sep 2012 10:58 AM

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Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said that the Defense of Marriage Act will likely go to the U.S. Supreme Court soon, according to The Atlantic.

During a question and answer session at the University of Colorado in Boulder, Ginsburg was asked about the equal-protection clause and whether the Supreme Court would consider applying it to sexual orientation. She deferred but said the matter would probably be up soon.

“I think it's most likely that we will have that issue before the court toward the end of the current term," Ginsburg said, according to The Atlantic.

The 1996 Defense of Marriage Act was declared unconstitutional by a federal judge in New York and is awaiting arguments before the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. A Federal appeals court in Massachusetts ruled the bill unconstitutional, too. The Department of Justice tried in July to get the matter in front of the Supreme Court, according to The Atlantic.




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