The United States Supreme court has announced it will hear the case challenging Prop 8, the law that took away the right of same-sex couples to get married in California and parts of the Defense of Marriage Law, which makes Federal benefits unavailable to same-sex married couples.
Both DOMA and Prop 8 have been declared unconstitutional by lower courts. The Supreme Court could hear the case as early as March and make a decision as early as June 2013, just in time for Gay Pride celebrations.
Kate Kendell, Executive Director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights issued this statement, "We are confident the Supreme Court will strike down DOMA once and for all next year, and, after four long years, will finally erase the stain of Proposition 8 and restore marriage equality to California couples. The day is now clearly in sight when the federal government, the State of California, and every state will recognize that same-sex couples and their children are entitled to the same respect and recognition as every other family."
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