Ginsburg hints SCOTUS will review DOMA

The Defense of Marriage Act will likely go before the Supreme Court, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg says

Published September 20, 2012 3:56PM (EDT)

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg implied that the Defense of Marriage Act, which bars same-sex couples from receiving federal benefits, will be up for Supreme Court review this year.

Ginsburg appeared at the University of Colorado in Boulder, and was asked by a student whether the Court would review whether the equal protection clause applies to gay couples.

From the Associated Press:

"Ginsburg said with a smile that she couldn't answer the question. She said she could not talk about matters that would come to the court, and that the Defense of Marriage Act would probably be up soon.

'I think it's most likely that we will have that issue before the court toward the end of the current term,' she said."

There are currently four cases involving DOMA that the Court has been asked to review.


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