U.S. Supreme Court sets dates for pivotal gay ‘marriage’ cases

The U.S. Supreme Court announced Monday the dates it will begin to hear oral arguments on two pivotal cases on the issue of same-sex “marriage.”

On March 26, the Supreme Court will hear Hollingsworth v. Perry, on the issue of the constitutionality of California’s Proposition 8 – the voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage that was subsequently overturned by California courts.

On March 27, the justices will hear oral arguments on Windsor v. United States, which will consider whether the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) passed in 1996 violates the U.S. Constitution. The plaintiff challenges DOMA’s right to define marriage for the purposes of the federal government, since some U.S. states have redefined marriage to include same-sex couples.