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U.S. Supreme Court Poised To Take Up Gay Marriage

Publication Date: 
November 26, 2012
Source: 
San Jose Mercury News
Author: 
Howard Mintz

Professor Jane Schacter spoke with Howard Mintz of the San Jose Mercury News about how large of a role the U.S. Supreme Court will choose to play in the same-sex marriage debate. 

When the U.S. Supreme Court convenes behind closed doors Friday, the justices will weigh whether to jump headlong into the historic same-sex marriage debate -- or merely dip their toes in the roiling legal waters.

The high court could decide whether to rule once and for all on California's Proposition 8, the 2008 voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage. And it could choose to hear up to eight other cases that challenge the 1996 federal Defense of Marriage Act, which bars federal benefits to same-sex couples.

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Jane Schachter, a Stanford University law professor, agreed. "There is sort of a circle at the core of all of this, which is DOMA, and from there it comes down to how broad to make the circle," she said. "One thing to think about is how much of the overarching issues do they want to get into."