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Sep 17, 2012: Prop 8 & Supreme Court in Just 1 Week
A major development in the Prop 8 case could be just one week away. We'll have all the details about when and where marriages could start back up again. Meanwhile marriage goes to voters in four states and the polling is still very close. And we'll have a look ahead to the states that could be major marriage battlegrounds in 2013.
We're just one week away from the Supreme Court of the United States meeting to consider hearing AFER's case against Prop 8.
If they decide to take our case next Monday, they'll announce it in a list that's released on Tuesday, September 25th. Then we'll file briefs, have oral arguments, and likely get a decision about Prop 8's constitutionality by next June.
If we're not on next Tuesday's list, it means one of two things. Either they won't hear our case, or they're simply holding off on making a decision until later.
If they've rejected the petition to hear our case, then they'll announce that on the following Monday, October 1st. In that case, our previous victory will be the final, decisive word. In other words, Prop 8 will be unconstitutional forever, and marriages can start back up again in California.
You can stay connected to the case and be the first to know when something happens. Subscribe here on YouTube, and head over to AFER.org to sign up for breaking news alerts.
We're also just a few weeks away from marriage going to voters in four states: Maine, Minnesota, Maryland, and Washington. Polling in Minnesota is neck and neck, with a new poll this week showing the marriage ban ahead by just 48 to 47 percent.
But the polling's much stronger in Washington, where a referendum to legalize the freedom to marry is ahead, 56 to 38. The campaign in Washington just released a new TV commercial, featuring straight parents offering positive remarks about their lesbian daughter. This type of ad has become the standard format for states facing marriage on the ballot.
Once the dust settles from the election, the next states to watch may be Rhode Island and Nevada. Lawmakers in Rhode Island have pledged to take up a marriage bill after similar legislation failed last year. And Assemblyman Elliot Anderson of Las Vegas plans to introduce a bill that would overturn the state's ten-year-old constitutional ban on marriage equality.
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