Stuart Gaffney, center, holds up a sign while celebrating the decision in the United States District Court proceedings challenging Proposition 8 outside of the Phillip Burton Federal Building in San Francisco, Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2010. A person close to the case says a federal judge has overturned California's same-sex marriage ban in a landmark case that could eventually land before the U.S. Supreme Court. Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker made his ruling Wednesday in a lawsuit filed by two gay couples who claimed the voter-approved ban violated their civil rights.
With the Supreme Court hearing arguments this week over the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), it's natural for Southern-based journalists to take a look
at the sentiments over same-sex marriage here in the South.
Our friends at the Institute for Southern Studies have done just that. There is lots of information here to digest, but here are two of the more pertinent facts the Institute is reporting.
- The number of U.S. senators who this month signed onto a friend of the court brief opposing DOMA: 40.
- And, the number of those senators who represent states in the South: 2.
Though polling shows that national viewpoints about marriage equality are changing, it's clear that in the South -- and particularly among Southern politicians -- not much has changed.
-- Phillip Tutor