Looking Out: What Supreme Court's decisions could mean for same-sex marriage, gay rights

  • Gay rights activists gather in front of the U.S. Supreme Court building, June 26, 2013 in Washington, D.C.
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June 26, 2013|By Michael Gold | The Baltimore Sun

Ten years to the day since the Supreme Court struck down sodomy laws that criminalized gay sex, the court will make history by ruling on same-sex marriage.

In preparation for today's rulings on Proposition 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act, which will be released beginning at 10 a.m., here's a look at how other media outlets are analyzing today's cases and the impact of the Supreme Court's decisions.

Previewing today's decisions, The New York Times points to the possible outcomes of both the DOMA case (United States v. Windsor) and the Prop 8 case (Hollingsworth v. Perry), noting that the outcomes of both could rest on procedural issues.

Meanwhile at BuzzFeed, Chris Geidner positions the Supreme Court's decisions within the judicial history of the LGBT movement.

Around the time, both cases were being argued, ThinkProgress' Zack Ford wrote that the Supreme Court Justices will actually be deciding whether gay people exist, as opposed to "homosexual behavior." (Ford wrote the piece three months ago, but the issues remain fresh heading into today's decisions.)

Writing for Towleroad, Ari Ezra Waldman breaks down the eight things to watch when today's opinions are released. We also posted a primer on what's at stake in SCOTUS' same-sex mariage decisions — but you already saw that, of course.

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