Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) challenge at the Supreme Court

by Walter Olson on September 25, 2012


Following numerous lower court decisions striking down the federal marriage definition provisions of the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act, the U.S. Supreme Court is very likely to take up the question this year. In Monday’s Cato podcast, I discuss the long road that brought DOMA to the Court and explain a few of the complications, including a potential second case arising from the Ninth Circuit’s invalidation of California’s Proposition 8. The separate DOMA provision establishing that states aren’t obliged to recognize same-sex marriages from other states isn’t under challenge.