The United States Supreme Court announced the scheduled dates for two same sex marriage cases.
On March 26th, the court will hear arguments relating to Proposition 8, the California ban on same sex marriage, in Hollingsworth v. Perry. The next day the court will hear arguments in United States v. Windsor, relating to the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) which establishes a marriage as between a man and a woman. In each case, the Supreme Court will hear at least an hour's worth of arguments and can extend the length of the hearings if deemed necessary. The Court is anticipated to issue a ruling in each case by the end of June.
Hollingsworth v. Perry challenges the constitutionality of Proposition 8 under the 14th Amendment, which requires states to provide equal protection to all people. United States v. Windsor, will consider the constitutionality of DOMA as it relates to fifth amendment guarantees of equal protection. The decisions of these cases could impact same sex marriage bans in 31 states.
Media Resources: AFP 1/8/2013; CBS 1/7/2013; Reuters 1/7/2013; SF Gate 1/7/2013; Feminist Newswire 12/7/2012
9/29/2014 Hope for Afghan Women as New President is Sworn In - Ashraf Ghani, who has has publicly and consistently stated his support for women's rights and women's participation in government, was sworn in as the new President of Afghanistan today at the Presidential Palace in Kabul.
Over 1000 national and international guests attended the ceremony, including high-ranking officials from the United Nations and 34 countries, including a delegation from the United States. . . .