Jul 11 2013

Understanding Supreme Court Decisions, Part 2: Two Rulings on Same-Sex Marriage

When the Supreme Court issued its rulings on two important same-sex marriage cases, headlines screamed that the court had “struck down” the Defense of Marriage Act or DOMA, and “dismissed” California’s Proposition 8.

But was it really that simple?

UCLA Law Professor Adam Winkler, who this week is helping us make sense of the Supreme Court’s decisions, explains that “the Court’s rulings focused largely on process – either how the law was passed or how the law came up for review in the Court.”

What does this really mean for same-sex marriage, both in California, and around the country?

For the answer, we turn to part 2 of our 3 part conversation with Professor Winkler, who also writes for the Daily Beast and the New Republic.

GUEST: Adam Winkler is a Professor of Law at the UCLA School of Law. He writes for the Daily Beast and the New Republic.

Click here for Part 1 of this interview, focusing on SCOTUS rulings on racial equality issues.

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