“God save the United States and this Honorable Court.”
From Julaine Appling:
Who can really read the heart, mind, and political position of a Supreme Court Justice—ahead of a decision? We learn something about all of these, and of course, their view of the Constitution, after decisions are rendered–decisions made by these black-robed, lifetime political appointees on matters that affect our culture and our government often in dramatic ways.
We learned late last week that for the first time in our nation’s history, our highest court will hear cases related to the definition of marriage. In the next 6-8 months we will learn something about the heart, mind, political positions, and view of the Constitution of the majority of the court on this matter.
The court will be considering one case related to the federal Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA, a measure passed by Congress and signed into law by President Bill Clinton in 1996. DOMA basically says that federal law recognizes marriage only as the union of a man and woman. That means that federal tax laws and benefits related to marriage are exclusively for marriage between a man and a woman. Same-sex couples who have so-called “marriage” in a state where marriage has been redefined may get the protections and benefits afforded by state law, but they cannot get any provided by federal law.