November 29, 2012
The Supreme Court justices are set to meet on Friday to decide whether or not they will take on gay marriage, and all signs point to a likely decision that the court will hear a challenge to the Defense of Marriage Act, otherwise known as DOMA. At issue is a key provision, known as “Section 3,” that denies federal benefits to gay couples who are legally married. Under Section 3, gay couples cannot receive Social Security benefits, spousal exemption from estate tax, or the ability to file joint tax returns, among other rights awarded to married couples, even in states that legally recognize same-sex marriage. How would SCOTUS rule in a DOMA case?