Same Sex Marriage Cases

Hollingsworth v Perry
  • Filed on behalf of two same-sex couples
  • Seeks to block California's Proposition 8, which states marriage is between a man and a woman
  • Proposition 8 was approved by California voters in 2008, overriding a state court decision that allowed same-sex marriage

United States v Windsor
  • Challenges the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA)
  • DOMA was passed by Congress in 1996
  • Under DOMA, same-sex marriages approved at the state level are not recognized by the federal government