First federal trial underway on gay marriage

Does the U.S. Constitution ban states from outlawing same-sex marriage? That’s what’s a federal trial in San Francisco is trying to find out.

Here’s an excerpt from the Associated Press story:

“The proceedings, which are expected to last two to three weeks, involve a challenge to Proposition 8, the gay marriage ban approved by California voters in November 2008.”

“Regardless of the outcome, the case is likely to be appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court, where it ultimately could become a landmark that determines if gay Americans have the right to marry.”

Click here to read  the full Associated Press story on the issue.

SCOTUS: Constitution doesn’t guarantee DNA tests

Big ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court today: The Justices, in a 5-4 decision, declared that the U.S. Constitution does not give convicts the right to test DNA evidence to prove their innocence years after they’re found guilty.

This is a defeat for groups such as the Innocence Project, but it may not have a huge impact on the status quo because all but 4 states have laws on the books allowing convicts to have some access to DNA tests.

Click here to read the full story from the Associated Press.

Click here to read the majority opinion from SCOTUS