Marriage at the Supreme Court: takeaways, reflections and what’s next
March 29, 2013
This was a historic week for the freedom to marry in the United States: On Tuesday and Wednesday, the nation's highest court heard oral arguments in legal challenges to Proposition 8, which stripped same-sex couples in California of the freedom to marry in 2008, and the so-called Defense of Marriage Act, which prohibits federal respect for legal marriages between same-sex couples. During the arguments, the country talked non-stop about marriage, freedom, and gay couples.
No one knows what the Supreme Court will rule, but this week, Americans made their stance clear: We are ready for the freedom to marry. This week of oral arguments in these landmark cases have been underlined by enormous, outspoken support from gay and lesbian Americans, their family members, and the allies who support them.
It would, of course, be unwise to speculate on what the Supreme Court will decide in Hollingsworth v. Perry or in Windsor v. United States. But even if we can't predict what the Court will do, we do know that it's time for the freedom to marry, and that we have the strategy and the momentum to help us win. We have our goal of marriage nationwide within reach, and we will get there - whether it's in June or in the next round.
Continuing the momentum is how we create the climate needed to embolden and encourage the Supreme Court to stand on the Right Side of History this year. We can maximize our chances of positive rulings by winning more states and continuing to grow the majority for marriage. We can continue to show that loving and committed couples across the country need the freedom to marry by sharing their stories and demonstrating that there are real people and real families behind these laws.
We're expected to hear what the Court has decided in late June. Until then, we will continue on our Roadmap to Victory and work to win marriage nationwide.