The U.S. Supreme Court is set to address same-sex marriage this term. Just don't expect Loving v. Virginia.
Tonight at 7 on the Philadelphia CNN-News affiliate WFMZ-TV, The American Law Journal presents, "Same-Sex Marriage the Long and Winding Road to the Supreme Court" with host Christopher Naughton and professor Laura Little of Temple University's Beasley School of Law, professor John G. Culhane of Widener University School of Law and New Jersey family law practitioner Thomas Snyder of Einhorn Harris Ascher Barbarito Frost.
The Legal's senior staff writer, Gina Passarella, interviews professor David Cohen of Drexel University's Earle Mack School of Law and assistant professor Leonore Carpenter, also with Temple University's Beasley School of Law.
According to Culhane, this "could be a Loving v. Virginia moment" (referring to the Supreme Court case that legalized interracial marriage), but "we're not as far along" as we were in 1967 and interracial marriage. In some estimations, this high court has been pushed into it.
"If you think about it," Carpenter said, "a federal statute [DOMA] has been found unconstitutional in two circuits. How does the IRS deal with that? It begs the question whether the Supreme Court could reasonably leave it as it is."
"This is a court that likes narrow rulings," Little said, "and not thunderbolts thrown into the American public."
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