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The consensus is that the Supreme Court will issue their ruling this week on the Defense of Marriage Act
along with a ruling on the constitutionality of California's Proposition 8
. Policymic has listed five possible ways the Supreme Court could rule, from upholding DOMA as being not in violation of the 5th Amendment to ruling that it does indeed violate the 5th Amendment:
"The Supreme Court can just as easily argue that marriage is a right extended to all citizens under the due process clause. And so, forbidding same-sex marriage and withholding the benefits attached to it would qualify as depriving people of life, liberty, and/or property without due process..." They could also rule for states rights or punt by saying that the petitioners (the GOP) do not have the standing to argue the constitutionality of DOMA.
Policymic: 5 Ways the Supreme Court Could Rule On the Defense Of Marriage Act
ABC News has looked at the implication on the pending immigration reform legislation being debated by Congress. One of the sticking points is a Republican amendment that would deny immigration status to same sex couples. But if DOMA is rejected by the court on the basis that it violates the 5th Amendment, then it renders as moot any amendments along those lines by Republicans on immigration reform.
ABC News, June 17, 2013: Supreme Court DOMA Ruling Looms Over Immigration Overhaul
So how will SCOTUS rule? We will probably know by Thursday.
I think that they will follow the general trend of public opinion and rule DOMA unconstitutional. At the same time, California's Proposition 8 will also be struck down for the same reasons.
Whatever way they rule there will be outrage from either the left or the right.