The Court decided three cases this morning, including two eagerly anticipated cases relating to same-sex marriage. Mark Walsh reported on the atmosphere in the courtroom, while Dan Stein collected Twitter reactions and had an earlier round-up of news coverage. A full menu of today’s coverage is available here.

In United States v. Windsor, the Court held that  Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act, which excluded same-sex unions from the federal definition of marriage, is an unconstitutional deprivation of the equal liberty of persons protected by the Fifth Amendment.

In Hollingsworth v. Perry, the Court decided that the proponents of California’s ban on same-sex marriage did not have standing to appeal the district court’s order overturning the ban.

Commentary on these decisions comes from Gerard Bradley, Steve Sanders, Helen Alvare, Paul Smith, William Duncan, Randy Barnett, Larry Tribe, and Suzanne Goldberg at this blog, Adam Winkler at the Daily Beast, Ruthann Robson at Constitutional Law Prof Blog, Linda Hirshman at The New Republic, Erwin Chemerinsky at California Lawyer, Andrew Cohen at The Atlantic, Jeremy Leaming at ACSblog, Ilya Shapiro at Cato at Liberty, Ryan T. Anderson at National Review, and Scott Lemieux at The American Prospect.

On Windsor specifically, commentary comes from Rick Hills at PrawfsBlawg, Jack Balkin and Rick Pildes at Balkinization, Ilya Shapiro at the Volokh Conspiracy, Garrett Epps at The Atlantic, Aaron Kase at, and Eric Posner and Emily Bazelon at Slate’s ongoing “Breakfast Table” series. Buzzfeed also has an interview with Edith Windsor, the victorious plaintiff.

Providing commentary on Hollingsworth are Lana Harfoush at PLF Liberty Blog, Dylan Scott at Governing, and Aaron Kase at

In Sekhar v. United States, the Court held that attempting to compel a person to recommend that his employer approve an investment does not constitute “the obtaining of property from another” under the Hobbs Act. Coverage comes from Theresa Donovan at JURIST.

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Recommended Citation: Sam Barr, Evening round-up of news on today’s opinions, SCOTUSblog (Jun. 26, 2013, 10:22 PM),