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Wednesday round-up

Yesterday, supporters of California’s “Proposition 8,” a ballot initiative adopted in 2008 to prohibit same-sex marriage in the state, filed a cert. petition seeking review of the Ninth Circuit’s decision invalidating the ban.  Lyle Denniston covered the filing for this blog; other coverage comes from Karen Gullo of Bloomberg, Jess Bravin of the Wall Street Journal, Bob Egelko of the San Francisco Chronicle, Bill Mears of CNN, Steve Gorman of Reuters, Scottie Thomaston at the Huffington Post, Warren Richey of the Christian Science Monitor, Maura Dolan of the Los Angeles Times, and Lisa Leff of the Associated Press. 

Also before the Court are several petitions seeking review of the constitutionality of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) next Term.  Yesterday the Court extended the deadline for House Republican leaders to respond to two of those petitions; Chris Geidner has coverage at BuzzFeed.

At this blog, Lyle reports that supporters of Oklahoma’s proposed fetal “personhood” state constitutional amendment, which the state’s supreme court blocked earlier this year, have asked the Court to allow the state’s citizens to vote on that proposal.  Additional coverage is provided by Michael McNutt at the Oklahoman and Randy Krehbiel at the Tulsa World.

Finally, coverage of Monday’s order issued by the Chief Justice allowing Maryland’s DNA testing law to remain in effect until the Court acts on the state’s cert. petition (which Nabiha reported yesterday) continues.  Among those providing coverage are Adam Liptak of the New York Times, Jennifer Shutt of the Salisbury, Maryland Daily Times, and Douglas A. Berman at Sentencing Law and Policy.


  • At Bloomberg, Alex Nussbaum reports that errors in the reporting of Court’s health care decision at the end of June “didn’t just embarrass the networks,” but it also “whipsawed shares of companies including HCA Holdings Corp. and WellPoint Inc.”

Recommended Citation: Conor McEvily, Wednesday round-up, SCOTUSblog (Aug. 1, 2012, 10:06 AM),