As the debate over gay marriage intensifies on the heels of President Obama’s endorsement, an under-the-radar case pending before the Supreme Court has the potential, some say, to invalidate traditional marriage laws altogether.
The latest ruling comes from the California-based 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, which said that Arizona’s recent attempt to strip health benefits for domestic partners of state workers is illegal. Judge Diarmuid O’Scannlain writing in dissent of the opinion said that his colleagues have declared a war on marriage.
Lawyer John Eastman, with the National Organization for Marriage, called the 9th Circuit ruling
“groundbreaking,” and one that could render traditional marriage laws across the country “unconstitutional” if it takes hold.