American Foundation for Equal Rights

Marriage News Blog

This month: Supreme Court to rule on Prop. 8 and marriage equality

The wait is nearly over.

The Supreme Court is expected to issue a final decision on Proposition 8 and marriage equality this month. AFER has put together everything you need to know in our new Decision Center. Check it out.

Here’s what will happen:

  • The Court calendars days when it issues decisions. We don’t know what cases will be announced on any particular day, nor will we receive advance notice of any kind. Currently, possible dates for a ruling include this Thursday, June 13, and every Monday this month. The Court may add more decision days, and we’ll be sure to let you know if it does.
  • The decision will come down around 10 a.m. ET/7 a.m. PT.
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  • There are at least six ways the Court could rule.
    Check out AFER’s infographic of potential outcomes. >
  • The Court still needs to issue decisions in 23 cases before its summer recess begins at the end of June. In addition to AFER’s case against Prop. 8, the Court is also considering a number of other high-profile cases—including those involving the Defense of Marriage Act, affirmative action in public universities, the Voting Rights Act and the patenting of human genes.

Visit our Decision Center for more information on Prop. 8 and marriage equality.

And, if you’re in the Los Angeles area, please join us for a special event on Decision Day in West Hollywood, featuring attorneys who worked on the case against Prop. 8, gay and lesbian couples who want to get married, elected officials, community leaders and more.

As the day of decision grows near, I grow increasingly proud of the work we’ve done together. With growing public support, an impressive trial record and two lower courts that ruled conclusively for marriage equality, Prop. 8’s days are surely numbered.