Special Report: DOMA and Prop 8

On June 26th, 2013 the U.S. Supreme Court will hand down both rulings on the Defense of Marriage Act and California's Proposition 8 -- two critical court cases for the anti-marriage left who are seeking to both overturn and invert DOMA and strike down the state's right to defend the institution of marriage.

Traditional Values Coalition will be monitoring the situation carefully both online and on the ground at the U.S. Supreme Court.  We will be offering up-to-the-minute coverage here of the reaction, the implications of the U.S. Supreme Court rulings, and other events as events progress.

062513 | Media Advisory: Rev. Sheldon and Mrs. Lafferty at U.S. Supreme Court

062613 | U.S. Supreme Court Ruling on DOMA (PDF)
062613 | U.S. Supreme Court Ruling on Proposition 8 (PDF)
062613 | TVC Reaction to DOMA and Proposition 8  Rulings (Wednesday AM)
TVC Press Statement on DOMA (Wednesday PM)
TVC Press Statement on Proposition 8 (Wednesday PM)

Rev. Lou Sheldon and Andrea Lafferty will be available at the U.S. Supreme Court between 9am -- 11:00am at the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court for media comment. 

Thank you for checking in with TVC!  We'll keep you posted.

9:30am:  Some of the websites we are watching today include SCOTUS Blog, NRO's Bench Memo's, and of course the U.S. Supreme Court opinions page.  Reports on the ground indicate at least 200 anti-DOMA and Prop 8 supporters at the steps of the Court, with a smattering of pro-marriage representatives there.

10:00am:  The Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is ruled unconstitutional by the Supreme Court as a violation of the equal protection clause of the Constitution, per the 5th Amendment in a 5-4 ruling.

10:12am: Justice Scalia in dissent: "The Court’s errors on both points spring forth from the same diseased root: an exalted conception of the role of this institution in America."

10:40am: This one takes a bit of walking through on Proposition 8, but here's the short version: the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that becasue marriage is effectively a state issue, the Ninth Circuit Court had no standing to hear the case in the first place. Therefore, the U.S. Supreme Court vacated the Ninth Circuit Court ruling and remanded it back to California... where the California Supreme Court ruling will stand. Proposition 8 therefore remains struck down in a 5-4 ruling, with Justices Roberts, Scalia, Ginsberg, Breyer, Kagan in the majority.

11:37am: From TVC's press release this morning:

“Some days our civilization erodes slightly in feet and inches, other days it drops a mile at a time. Today is one of those days when our culture's decline is widely felt.

“The climate in America has changed because America has become a blur. Our government is a scandal-ridden, ominous force operating outside the U.S. Constitution. There is no longer any "Unum" to which the many can rally.

“Justice Scalia's great dissent on DOMA today needs to be preserved for that day in the future when the real impact of this decision is felt, that day when perhaps another generation assesses who spoke up and what was done when a great darkness began to overtake our country.

There seems to be some question as to whether or not Congress can "fix" Section 3 of DOMA, but that would involve a circuitous route though Congress and finally signature by a president favorable to marriage.

12:19pm:  More from Justice Scalia:

But to defend traditional marriage is not to condemn, demean, or humiliate those who would prefer other arrangements, any more than to defend the Constitution of the United States is to condemn, demean, or humiliate other constitutions. To hurl such accusations so casually demeans this institution. In the majority's judgment, any resistance to its holding is beyond the pale of reasoned disagreement. To question its high-handed invalidation of a presumptively valid statute is to act (the majority is sure) with the purpose to "disparage," "injure," "degrade," "demean," and "humiliate" our fellow human beings, our fellow citizens, who are homosexual. All that, simply for supporting an Act that did no more than codify an aspect of marriage that had been unquestioned in our society for most of its existence— indeed, had been unquestioned in virtually all societies for virtually all of human history. It is one thing for a society to elect change; it is another for a court of law to impose change by adjudging those who oppose it hostes humani generis, enemies of the human race.

...and well said.