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Dad, mom and marriage

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A pair of federal court decisions between Mother’s Day and Father’s Day means the Supreme Court is likely to weigh in on whether society rightly holds up both a mother and a father as the ideal for children.

Judges of the federal 9th Circuit appeals court overruled millions of Californians who voted for Proposition 8 to define marriage as one man and one woman in their state constitution. In the other case, judges of the 1st Circuit sided against an overwhelming bipartisan majority in Congress that passed the Defense of Marriage Act, which President Bill Clinton signed.

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