Next week, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear two cases on same sex marriage: On March 26 “Hollingsworth v. Perry”, a federal challenge to the 2008 amendment to the California constitution known as Prop 8, which eliminated the right of same-sex couples to marry in California. And on March 27: “ United States v. Windsor, “ a challenge to “ DOMA”, the 1996 Defense of Marriage act, which defines marriage for all federal purposes as the union of one man and one woman. The Court will release the audio on the same days as the arguments—and you’ll hear them as soon as they become available on C-SPAN Radio.
And Saturday, March 23 on C-SPAN Radio’s historic Supreme Court oral argument: A case cited in briefs for “Hollingsworth v. Perry” and “ U.S. v. Windsor.” From 1996: “Colorado Governor Roy Romer and others, petitioners v. Richard Evans and others, respondents.”
In 1992, Colorado voters adopted Amendment 2 to their state constitution, forbidding any judicial, legislative, or executive action to protect persons from discrimination based on their "homosexual, lesbian, or bisexual orientation, conduct, practices or relationships." Following a legal challenge, the state trial court issued a permanent injunction against the enforcement of Amendment 2. The Colorado Supreme Court affirmed on appeal and the case ended up in the U.S. Supreme Court.
American University law professor Amanda Frost provides context for the historic and pending cases. And the audio and information are courtesy of the Oyez project at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law at: http://www.oyez.org.