WASHINGTON — Opponents of gay marriage in California filed an appeal Tuesday asking the US Supreme Court to overturn a federal court decision legalizing same-sex unions.
“The profoundly important question, whether the ancient and vital institution of marriage should be fundamentally redefined to include same-sex couples is currently a matter of great debate in our nation,” read the appeal, of which AFP obtained a copy.
The appeal is one of several on the issue of same-sex marriage the Supreme Court will decide whether to review when it resumes on September 24.
“Whether the Constitution requires California to eliminate the most longstanding universal and fundamental of these conditions — that a marriage consists of a man and woman — is a question that should be settled by this Court,” the appeal added.
Gay marriage has fueled much debate in the US, especially after Democratic President Barack Obama came out in favor of same-sex marriage in an interview in May.
Same-sex marriage was briefly authorized in California, before the adoption of Proposition 8 — commonly known as Prop 8 — in a state-wide vote in 2008. The proposition entered into the state constitution that marriage is between a man and a woman.
On February 21 this year, a federal appeals court in California ruled Prop 8 unconstitutional, in a decision that the most recent appeal aims to overturn.
Analysts say the nine Supreme Court justices are more likely to take on cases related to the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) — the subject of litigation in the northeastern state of Massachusetts.
DOMA stipulates marriage is a legal union between a man and a woman. The law prevents couples in same-sex units from obtaining the same federal benefits — including inheritance rights and tax deductions — accorded to their heterosexual counterparts.
Analysts also say judges are unlikely to rule in favor of the national legalization of gay marriage, but will more likely address same-sex unions in states where it is already permitted.
Legal marriage between two men or two women is not recognized by the US federal government but is now allowed in six of the 50 US states and in the federal capital city, Washington.
Michael Moore breaks down why Trump is ‘scared’ of The Squad: ‘They’re the force out there!’
Legendary filmmaker Michael Moore revealed why President Donald Trump is so scared of the women of color in Congress known as The Squad.
The Squad is made up of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) and Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI).
"So, Michael, when your political opposition tells you this is the play we’re going to run and the president underscores it, and they’re running this play, is there any — is The Squad blameless for giving the president a steady stream of oxygen and ammunition?" MSNBC's Brian Williams asked.
"I’m so glad he’s that frightened of them, both he and [Benjamin] Netanyahu are scared of them. And the reason they are is — and this is why Trump isn’t as dumb as he comes off," Moore said.
Trump has spent his vacation golfing, watching cable TV — and panicking about a recession: AP
While President Donald Trump has been able to golf frequently while on vacation in New Jersey, he may not return to DC well-rested.
"Trump has spent much of the week at his New Jersey golf club, many of his mornings on the links, his afternoons watching cable television and his evenings calling confidants and business executives to get their take on the market’s volatility," the Associated Press reported Friday.
"Though he has expressed private worries about Wall Street, he is also skeptical about some of the weaker economic indicators, wondering if the media and establishment figures are manipulating the data to make him look bad, according to two Republicans close to the White House, not authorized to discuss private conversations," the AP noted.
Rick Wilsons destroys Trump for ’punitive ‘dickishness’ and ‘performative assh*lery’ on HBO’s Real Time
Republican strategist Rick Wilson slammed the Trump administration on HBO's "Real Time" with Bill Maher on Friday.
Wilson is the author of the 2018 book Everything Trump Touches Dies: A Republican Strategist Gets Real About the Worst President Ever.
The GOP consultant said America needs to replace the "Goddamn oil lobbyist who runs the f*cking EPA right now."
"This is just punitive dickishness by these people," Wilson charged. "They're just doing this to be *ssholes, they want their base to be like, 'we're taking those regulations away."
"It is just performative assh*lery," he added.