We'll post the results of the rulings as soon
CNN's John King tells us what the Court decided they are available (seriously, follow SCOTUSblog, not CNN). In the meantime, join the conversation in the comments—and let's hope today is a good day for equality.
7:04 AM PT: The Defense of Marriage Act, the 1996 law allowing Federal and state governments to discriminate against legally married same-sex couples, is unconstitutional, the Supreme Court has ruled. It's a 5-4 ruling. Roberts and Scalia and dissent. Kennedy has written the ruling. The focus is equal protection.
7:03 AM PT: SCOTUSblog: "DOMA is unconstitutional as a deprivation of the equal liberty of persons that is protected by the Fifth Amendment."
7:06 AM PT: NBC's Pete Williams suggests that DOMA ruling is a big enough ruling that it may take some time for the justices to read their opinions, which means the Prop. 8 ruling might take a little longer to be revealed.7:08 AM PT:
7:13 AM PT: Williams and SCOTUSblog say language in DOMA dissent suggests that the Prop. 8 case will be dismissed on standing, which would basically punt the constitutional issues but allow marriage quality to return to California.
7:13 AM PT: Here's a look at the crowd outside the Supreme Court.
7:27 AM PT: The court is revealing its ruling in another case, which means Prop. 8 ruling should be coming up soon. Indications from the DOMA ruling are that the case will be dismissed on standing.
7:29 AM PT: And as predicted, the Court sidesteps Prop. 8 by saying the ballot measure's defenders did not have standing to sue. Effectively, this means the Court isn't ruling on the substantive issue of same-sex marriage's constitutionality, but the effect is that the ruling will allow same-sex marriage to resume in California.
7:30 AM PT: Via SCOTUSblog, from the opinion:
We have never before upheld the standing of a private party to defend the constitutionality of a state statute when state officials have chosen not to. We decline to do so for the first time here. [...] The Ninth Circuit was without jurisdiciton to consider the appeal. The judgment of the Ninth Circuit is vacated, and the case is remanded with instructions to dismiss the appeal for lack of jurisdiction.
7:32 AM PT:
7:33 AM PT: A reminder of the importance of the long game: