On March 27, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments on U.S. v. Windsor, a challenge to the Defense of Marriage Act of 1996, which defines marriage as only between a man and a woman in federal law. The Court has released full audio of the proceedings as well as a transcript. Both can be found at the Court’s website here.
On March 26, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral argument for Hollingsworth v. Perry, which is the challenge to California’s Proposition 8, which overturned that state’s same-sex marriage law. Listen to the audio here through The Washington Post, and read the trascript here through Politico.com.
UPDATE: Both can now be downloaded directly from the Supreme Court’s website.
In the fight for marriage equality, two states have bills moving through their legislatures and are poised to to be the next jurisdictions to approve same-sex marriage this year, pending court challenges.
Illinois: The state Senate approved a marriage equality bill 34-21 on February 14, setting the stage for a vote in the Illinois House, which has not yet set a date for taking up the legislation. Lobbying on both sides is well underway, with sports legends lending their support and the GOP party chairman feeling pressure for backing the bill. Gov. Pat Quinn (D) has promised to sign the bill if it passes the legislature.
Rhode Island: A recent poll found 60% supporting same-sex marriage as a bill makes its way through the legislature. In January, the state House overwhelmingly passed the measure 51-19, sending it to the Senate, which will take it up this spring. The vote there is expected to be razor-thin, and fast and furious lobbying is ongoing. Gov. Lincoln Chafee (I) is a vocal supporter of marriage equality.