American Foundation for Equal Rights

Marriage News Blog

New Date Set for Prop. 8 at the Supreme Court

AFER just received word from the U.S. Supreme Court that it will discuss whether to hear AFER’s federal constitutional challenge to California’s Proposition 8 at its private Conference on Friday, November 30.

The Court will also consider on that date whether it will hear one or more challenges to the so-called Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Both the Prop. 8 case and the DOMA cases had previously been distributed for discussion at the Justices’ November 20 Conference.

The updated timeline suggests that we will likely find out if our case will be heard by the nation’s highest court, or if marriages can resume in California, by Monday, December 3. However, there is no deadline by which the Court must act, and the Justices could hold the case for consideration at a future Conference.

With marriage equality laws on the books in nine states and the District of Columbia, and with at least 16 national polls confirming that a majority of Americans believe gay and lesbian couples should be able to marry, the momentum toward marriage equality has never been greater.

At AFER, we remain dedicated to advancing equal rights under the law, and look forward to the day when every American is able to marry the person they love.