SCOTUS and "Skim Milk Marriage"

11555 Wow. Social media was abuzz last week with the same-sex marriage cases before the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS). It’s front page leading news in traditional media too, and the coverage sent me back to our Same-Sex Marriage book (cover above) from last year for good background reading.

I had to chuckle when Justice Ginsburg made her comment about “two kinds of marriage: the full marriage [full federal benefits for straight married couples, under DOMA], and then this sort of skim milk marriage [no federal benefits for married same-sex couples, under DOMA].” I have to say I’m not a disinterested party in this story; my partner and I were married in California in 2008, when same-sex marriage was legal there, and I appreciated Justice Ginsburg’s not-so-subtle yet humorous nod to the inequalities same-sex couples face in current American marriage law. Yet, it’s pretty clear that folks on both sides of the issue are aware that social attitudes have shifted and are continuing to change dramatically–and quickly–in favor of marriage equality; it’s just a matter of time before the law catches up, these two cases notwithstanding.

No matter where you stand on same-sex marriage, SCOTUSblog, which won a Peabody Award last week, is an excellent source for coverage of these two cases and of all others that come before the  Supreme Court. I’m proud that my very own brother provides the multimedia interviews for SCOTUSblog, including a recent five-part interview with NPR legal affairs correspondent Nina Totenberg, who covers the Supreme Court. Take a peak and learn more about the hot issues of our time!

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