States w/ civil unions could be affected by SCOTUS gay marriage decision

When the U.S. Supreme Court hears the two gay marriage cases this week beginning today, one law professor believes there's a chance states that have a civil union law like Delaware could be be front and center.

Culhane thinks that the Supreme Court could order states that with civil unions to go to full gay marriage, or it strike civil unions all together depending on how it rules.

Widener Law School Professor John Culhane tells WDEL News one setback that could come up is that it's worse for states to have civil union laws.

"You're basically saying that it's OK for these couples to have the rights, benefits and obligations of marriage, but just can't call it marriage, and that does seem like a separate and sort of unequal instance of lawmaking," says Culhane.



Culhane ultimately believes that the court will strike down the Defense of Marriage Act. He also believes Proposition 8 will also be stricken down, but it will only be applied in California.






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