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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Courts - Watch DOMA argument on C-SPAN at 2 pm

From C-SPAN:

In United States v. Windsor, the court hears arguments on whether DOMA, which defines marriage as between one man and one woman, violates the fifth amendment.

At issue in the case is whether same-sex spouses in states that legally recognize gay marriage should be afforded the federal benefits of being married. The Obama Administration has stopped defending the act, so the Justices will hear from three parties, including an attorney hired by House Republicans to argue in favor of DOMA.

Remember the first hour of the argument was on standing, but after that it gets lively, according to the reports I've seen.

As was the case yesterday, C-SPAN will repeat the broadcast at 8:00 PM.

As Lyle Denniston reports here at SCOTUSblog:

After a sometimes bewilderingly complex first hour, discussing the Court’s power to decide the case of United States v. Windsor (12-307), the Court moved on to explore DOMA’s constitutionality. And one of the most talented lawyers appearing these days before the Court — Washington attorney Paul D. Clement — faced fervent opposition to his defense of DOMA from enough members of the Court to make the difference. He was there on behalf of the Republican leaders of the House (as majority members of the House’s Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group), defending the law because the Obama administration has stopped doing so.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on March 27, 2013 01:33 PM
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