DOMA Arguments


United States v. Windsor

In the second of two same-sex marriage cases, the Court on Wednesday will consider the constitutionality of the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act. Oyez will have audio from the arguments by 2:00 PM Eastern Time, and a synchronized, searchable transcript will follow roughly 2 hours later.

UPDATE: The audio and transcript are now available.

Download our recently released (free!) ISCOTUSnow app for iPhone and iPad for instant access to the audio when it’s released. And check out our deep dive for a great primer on the issues.

Today’s Prop. 8 Argument Audio – Now available


Hollingsworth v. Perry

Oyez will have oral argument audio in today’s Prop. 8 case around 1:00 PM Eastern Time today, moments after we have the audio from the Court. A synchronized, searchable transcript of the audio will be posted roughly 90 minutes after the audio.

UPDATE: The audio and transcript are now available.

For easy access to the audio and transcript, check out our ISCOTUSnow app for iPhone and iPad.

Forum on the Same Sex Marriage Cases


United States v. Windsor

On Wednesday, May 27, 2013, at 3 pm CDT, IIT Chicago-Kent is presenting a forum on the same sex marriage cases. The forum will be streaming live here and will be posted later on Chicago-Kent’s YouTube channel. The event is cosponsored by ISCOTUS, as well as by the Chicago-Kent Lambdas and the Chicago-Kent chapters of The Federalist Society and The American Constitution Society. Panelists are Professors Steven Heyman, Katharine Baker, and Christopher Schmidt, and the event will be moderated by ISCOTUS director Professor Carolyn Shapiro. (All of these Chicago-Kent faculty members — and several of their colleagues — can also be seen discussing key issues in the cases here.)

New Resource for Information about the Same Sex Marriage Cases

Want to learn more about the politics, history, and legal issues involved in the same sex marriage cases? ISCOTUS and The Oyez Project have created a “deep dive” website, containing a wealth of information about these cases, which will be argued on March 26 and 27, 2013. We encourage you to visit the site, explore, and share the link widely.

Same-sex Marriage Argument Audio to be Released Same Day

The Court today announced that recordings of oral arguments in the two same-sex marriage cases it will hear next week will be released same day. Oyez will also have the transcript-synchronized audio available same-day. The Court will hear arguments concerning California’s Proposition 8 on Tuesday, March 26, and concerning the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act on Wednesday, March 27.

Today’s voting rights oral argument

Shelby County v. Holder, the case challenging the constitutionality of Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, has gotten a lot of attention. But another very important voting rights case was argued on March 18 in the Supreme Court. This case, Arizona v. Inter-Tribal Council of Arizona, involves a challenge to Arizona’s requirement that people show proof of citizenship in order to register to vote. According to several accounts, Justice Sotomayor and Justice Scalia were both extremely active questioners in today’s arguments — and were clearly in disagreement. You can hear for yourself when the argument becomes available at the end of this week. Listen here or on your ISCOTUSnow app, available at the iPhone app store for free!

Justice Sotomayor’s Comments on Denial of Certiorari

Usually when the Supreme Court denies certiorari, there is no comment at all from the justices. No one has way of knowing why the case was denied or what the justices thought about lower courts’ the decision. On Monday, February 25, however, when the Supreme Court denied certiorari in the case of Calhoun v. United States, Justice Sotomayor (joined by Justice Breyer) issued a statement. Justice Sotomayor agreed with the Court’s decision not to take the case but she was so appalled by the facts of the case that she felt compelled to comment.

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