Reporting Tim Kephart
WASHINGTON (CBSMiami) – The United States Supreme Court will hear two cases dealing with same-sex marriage in March it was announced Friday.
The cases come from California and New York.
The case from California revolves around Proposition 8 which banned same-sex marriage in the state. The Court will answer the question whether the 14th Amendment prevents California from defining marriage as it has, according to SCOTUSblog.com.
In addition to the California case, the Court will hear a case that deals with the federal Defense of Marriage Act which defines marriage as only between a man and a woman.
The Court will examine whether Section 3 of the DOMA violates the equal protection clause under the 5th Amendment and whether the House GOP leadership has standing in the case to deal with it, according to SCOTUSblog.com.
According to SCOTUSblog.com, the Court will hear the cases, but can also decline a decision if the parties don’t have standing to have brought the cases to begin with.
Florida currently has a ban on same-sex marriages.
CBSNews’ Andrew Cohen reported that June 27, 2013 is the last day of the Court’s term and the cases will most likely be decided by then.