Tonight: Same Sex Marriage at the Supreme Court and Obama's Push on Guns
March 29, 2013
The Supreme Court heard two major cases on gay rights this week [Photo: CNN].
The Supreme Court heard arguments in two cases on the future of same-sex marriage this week. The first challenged California’s Proposition 8, a voter-approved ban on gay marriages. The second challenged the constitutionality of the 1996 federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which limits the definition of marriage to opposite-sex couples.
While public opinion in favor of marriage equality is rapidly growing, some justices seemed skeptical on whether the court should even weigh in on the debate. Justice Anthony Kennedy, the courts unpredictable swing vote, even went so far as to call it “uncharted territory.” We will get analysis of the arguments in both cases from Joan Biskupic of Reuters and Pete Williams of NBC News. Dan Balz of The Washington Post will report on the political considerations lawmakers -- Democrats and Republicans -- are making when deciding whether to support gay marriage.
President Obama implored Congress to pass gun-reform legislation 100 days after the Newtown shootings [Photo:CNN].
Congress may be on recess, but that didn’t stop President Obama from prodding lawmakers to take action on strengthening gun laws. During a White House event on Thursday he invoked the Newtown elementary school shooting three months ago adding, "Shame on us if we've forgotten." However, the prospects for passing stricter federal gun-control measures seem to be fading. At least three Republican senators -- Mike Lee of Utah, Rand Paul of Kentucky and Ted Cruz of Texas -- have said they will block a vote on gun legislation. John Harwood of CNBC and The New York Times will report on the renewed push by the White House to, in the words of the president, “make sure that fewer parents have to endure the pain of losing a child to an act of violence.”
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