This month the U.S. Supreme Court will announce whether it will consider California’s Proposition 8 case and/or several federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) cases that have been filed with the court for review. An announcement is expected on Nov. 26.
If the Supreme Court decides not to review the Proposition 8 case from California, it will effectively let stand the 9th Circuit’s ruling that the law defining marriage as the union of a man and a woman violates the 14th Amendment and is unconstitutional.
The court will also decide whether to hear and rule on the four DOMA cases that have been filed, including Windsor v. United States, in which the 2nd Circuit recently ruled that DOMA is unconstitutional.
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has been vigilant in its defense of DOMA which defines marriage for purposes of federal law as the union of one man and one woman.