Well, everyone, that time is here. Both the Prop. 8 and DOMA cases are going to be argued before SCOTUS tomorrow (3/26/13) and Wednesday (3/27/13). Prop. 8 will be argued first. For Prop. 8, there are a number of outcomes that could happen: Legal standing. California's AG is refusing to argue the case, as the AG believes it is unconstitutional. This means that there is no standing for the people who voted for the proposition. If SCOTUS upholds the previous courts' overturning based on merits of standing, then that deals a blow to the democratic process used in California. SCOTUS could strike it down completely, eliminating bans in other states as well. SCOTUS could strike it down with provisions to only have it banned in California, leading to various other lawsuits to be filed for other states. Each side is going to be given roughly 30 minutes to argue their case. Opponents (pro-gay marriage) plan to spend 20 of it arguing their case that it goes against the US Constitution, including amicus briefs being presented, then handing it over to the Solicitor General (the US AG), who will argue why the Federal Government is siding with the pro-gay marriage platform. Prop. 8 proponents will have the remaining time. Opponents will go first. SCOTUS doesn't have anything else on their calendar for the day. For DOMA, there's a bit more to it: if upheld, prevents gay couples who were married from getting divorced, as they would be legally married, but have no avenue to terminate the marriage. Said marriage would not be recognized in any state, though the marriage is legal. could be repealed, because it would create a second-class citizen, similar to Blacks in the Jim Crow era, which would violate the 14th Amendment and Brown v. Board of Education. There is also the 8-state solution, which would mean that those 8 states that have domestic partnerships would have to go straight to same-sex marriages. All or nothing, with the other states' laws intact. SCOTUSBlog will have a lot of coverage on this, as well as NPR, and various stations in the 24-hour news cycle. I'm calling this the final round, because SCOTUS is it: the final battlefield. I'm sure there will be a lot that will go on for this. Personally I'm thinking that this is going to come down to 3 justices: Kennedy, Ginsburg, and Roberts. Kennedy, because of him writing the two biggest decisions with gay rights, the most recent being Lawrence v. Texas. Ginsburg, because of her decisions regarding who has standing in various cases. Roberts, because while he's one of the youngest on the bench, he has the chance to be on the proverbial right or wrong side of history, plus there are those who say that Prop. 8 and marriage protects kids by saying that the best thing for them is to be with the biological parents. Well, he's adopted kids, and has a relative who is out and well open, and will be in the courtroom during the proceedings. Either way, I'm opening the thread now, as this is going to be a fun week as far as legalities go. These two cases will be our generations' Brown or Roe v. Wade. So, it's time. One more round. Fight! EDIT: EDIT: Audio of the oral arguments is now available, as well as written transcripts. BL.