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NEWS: U.S. SUPREME COURT TAKES UP SAME-SEX MARRIAGE

HUGE NEWS: The United States Supreme Court granted certiorari jointly to the Federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) as well as California's Proposition 8 on Friday, December 7, 2012. Even though the Court has agreed to review two specific challenges to the laws, this move supplies the high Court with original jurisdiction over both matters, giving them full reign to review the record, hear arguments and even complete their own research in potentially deciding the Constitutionality of both measures.

According to many polls, support of gay marriage has been steadily ticking up since the early 1990s, with the number of proponents nationally expected to surpass those opposed by 2015. DOMA was passed by Congress and signed into law in the 1990's in response to the apparent shifting tide. It expressly defines marriage as between one man and one woman. California's Proposition 8 was a public ballot measure and state constitutional amendment passed in November 2008, which mirrors the Federal DOMA.

This is the first time the issue of same-sex marriage has reached the U.S. Supreme Court. Many speculate that the Justices have been waiting for the collective mood of the country to begin to shift before taking up the issue. However, as is not uncommon for Supreme Court cases, no one really knows how completely the Court intends to rule on the entire issue.

Regardless, with the news of Supreme Court involvment, the extreme emotions and ideals connected with same-sex marriage are sure to fill the blogosphere and talk shows with rampant speculation on every facet of situation. Even President Obama stated in May that he believed same-sex couples should be allowed to marry, becoming the first U.S. President to publically say so. Depending upon what the ultimate decision is, which is expected to come down in late June to early July 2013, it could have a major impact on Oklahoma family and marriage laws. Statutes pertaining to divorce, marriage, child custody and adoptions could be open to potentially drastic changes.

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