Proposition 8 at the Supreme Court-Marriage Equality -Part I
By R Tamara de Silva
March 27, 2013
The Supreme Court has not delved into marriage lightly, tending to defer to state governments. While marriage is one of the most democratic and universal states shared across almost all cultures,
socio-economic strata, ethnicities and religions, it remains withheld to one group in America. In the United States, marriage is a legal contract that confers specific treatment in tax,
probate and property law. This week, the United States Supreme Court begins to consider the constitutionality of marriage between people of the same gender. The first topic on marriage equality to be covered this week is Proposition 8 followed by the Defense of Marriage Act (“DOMA”) on Wednesday. The Court may potentially decide whether one specific group of people can be treated differently when it comes to one right. Perhaps it may even consider whether marriage is an unenumerated right.