Today we’ll promote and celebrate marriage. The U.S. Supreme Court today released its decisions in a couple of critical challenges to Marriage: the Defense of Marriage Act (“DOMA”) and the Proposition 8 Marriage definition case from California. With Prop 8 they remanded the case back to Federal District Court and vacated the Ninth Circuit Court’s decision. The decision was 5-4. The other 5-4 decision struck down “DOMA” as violating the Fifth Amendment of the US Constitution. The Center for Arizona Policy notes, “…the court DID NOT find a Constitutional right to same-sex marriage. Your right to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman is preserved.” So what DOES it all mean? Dr. Randy talks about it with you today, and he’ll speak with Cathi Herod, President of Center for Arizona Policy, a public policy advocate. We have other experts in store for the program today, as well, to help us all process the ramifications of the decisions. Join us for today’s Intentional Living program. (see the “station finder” to find when and where you can hear it. And the archive and podcast will be available after 12 noon PDT.
- United States v. Windsor (Defense of Marriage Act) – The Court struck down DOMA as violating the Fifth Amendment in a 5-4 decision, with Justice Kennedy writing the majority opinion.
- Hollingsworth v. Perry (Proposition 8) – The Court ruled that the defendants of Prop 8 did not have standing to argue before the Court, and therefore remanded the case back to Federal District Court and vacated the Ninth Circuit Court’s decision in a 5-4 decision with Chief Justice Roberts writing the majority opinion.