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I -- deterioration defended -- And attention -- -- going on.
So this two cases before the Supreme Court drama about a.
There there are huge.
Quick overview of the first to be argued today is in California.
The challenge is to a state ballot initiative where -- voters by a fairly narrow margin.
Says no gay marriage.
In doing so voters overturn this California Supreme Court decision.
The lower courts.
Herded it back on that but famously about it but Ted Olson and David Boies who are opposites sides of the bush vs gore case in the Supreme Court in 2000 but -- essential at this case.
Have aboard one of my favorite legal minds in the country in Martin garbage so.
Yes no there there broad.
They have this policy California.
Trying to give merit sure -- -- lower courts.
Gay gay gay marriage for some people some of the time they had these little curly cues in their opinions that I can describe if you want to.
The big issue in the Supreme Court is whether they're going to push.
They're gonna join the push for gay marriage.
Whether they're gonna.
Had a little narrow opinion that would be for California only which is what that federal appeals court did -- big broad opinion that would require Mississippi and Texas and everybody else.
To allow gays -- be -- marriage with the married and tomorrow.
There's it to an attack.
On what's called a federal defense of marriage act 1970s in 1996.
Bill Clinton signed it the other day.
Bill Clinton were announced it.
And that law or at least the provision of it this before the court now.
Denies federal benefits the better -- federal benefits of marriage switcher -- -- Thousand plus federal laws things like Social Security survivor benefits things like.
The estate tax exemption for.
All those benefits are denied to.
Even so legally married gays in a state like Massachusetts for example where that case comes for a comment this woman was legally married.
Her quite apart -- -- or what you will -- So you would have been exempt from the state tax if she were heterosexual marriage that under federal -- -- to pay estate tax because.
Federal wouldn't recognize gay marriage and that's under challenge and -- in both cases there.
Additional wrinkle is there's challenged -- that where there's cores and has jurisdiction to your leadership -- -- And California.
The governor in this state attorney general refused to defend -- law that refuse to appeal sort of people it.
Written this referendum came in -- sit -- will defend it will appeal and his question whether they're entitled to represented a statement case.
Why -- -- -- -- mobile Supreme Court.
Rule on that first -- Yet still have to rule they always rule first on.
Whether they have jurisdiction -- and some people let -- included some extent we're kind of like to see -- ducking out of the California gay marriage case on.
Black -- jurisdiction.
There's a school of thought including some people who are passionate supporters of gay marriage -- -- passionate supporter of gay marriage -- On the merits but there's a school of thought that having the Supreme Court.
Kind of enforce it on the entire nation before a lot of people are ready for it to might actually sit back.
The cause of gay marriage because what what I get married friends want my best -- Ameritrade they really want two win in the hearts and minds of fair.
So citizens and they think they are winning hearts and minds and their fellow citizens and they're afraid that -- Supreme Court.
Trying to consult democratic debate on this that that will set them back in the hearts of minds of their fellow citizens.
-- a good point but -- oil could prevail in the hearts and minds announcement coming back to the a -- --
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