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Supreme Court to Rule on Prop. 8 This Week


This is it — this week we are expecting a ruling on Prop. 8 and DOMA.


This is it — we’re finally getting a ruling on Prop 8. Since the Supreme Court didn’t rule today, we know it’s going to be coming sometime this week.

At the American Foundation for Equal Rights, I’m Matt Baume. Welcome to Marriage News Watch for June 17, 2013.

This is the last week of the Supreme Court’s current session. The ruling has to come this week. When it happens, it’ll be at 10 am Eastern time. That’s 7am Pacific. AFER’s team will be ready to spring into action as soon as that ruling arrives.

Visit and click “Decision Center” to get ready for the decision. We have information there now on potential outcomes, case history, and details about the rally in West Hollywood once the decision comes.

There are a lot of different ways that the court could rule — almost all of which are victories. They could strike down Prop 8 and marriage bans in all states. Or they could strike down Prop 8 and convert civil unions to marriage. They could strike down Prop 8 in California alone. Or they could decline to rule on Prop 8, and leave the previous rulings intact.

In all of those cases, marriage would resume in California. Gaining just California would be an enormous victory. It’s the most populous state in the country, and it would increase the number of people living in states with marriage equality from 57 million to 91 million. That’s nearly a third of the US population.

In this scenario, it’s unclear when marriages could actually start. But the Supreme Court’s decision will provide guidance on the timeframe.

While we’re waiting for the ruling, make sure you’re subscribed to updates here on YouTube and at That’s the best way to stay current on what’s happening.

Next, make sure you’re sharing these status updates with everyone you know. A lot of people don’t realize that we’re getting a decision this week. Repost this video to show your support and tell your friends that the decision is nearly here.

This isn’t the end of the road for our work towards the freedom to marry. But it’s going to be a milestone that we’ll remember for a long long time.

At the American Foundation for Equal Rights, I’m Matt Baume. Thanks for watching.