Starting on Monday, the Supreme Court is scheduled to go right back to business. First on the Court’s agenda: Affirmative Action. This issue is one of many which could change the face of the election. One important issue which both parties stand at opposite end of the spectrum is that of marriage.
This year’s democratic platform portrays the Democratic Party as the champions for LGBT rights. Openly endorsing LGBT issues within the party’s official platform appeals to a younger generation of voters. The GOP on the other hand has come out defining marriage only being between a man and a woman, which appeals to the American nuclear family model. While this promise of becoming inclusive towards all Americans may be a solid foundation of Obama’s reelection campaign, the reopening of the Supreme Court on Monday may show how crucial these issues are to the party. Proposition 8, which outlawed same-sex marriage in California, or other cases relating to the Defense Of Marriage Act (DOMA) could be taken on by the Supreme Court during the next few months. Taking on these cases will prompt a conversation neither campaign has directly discussed post-convention.
If the Supreme Court rules on Proposition 8 before the November 6th election, the results could be devastating for either of the presidential candidates. In the event that the court upholds past rulings, deeming it unconstitutional, part of the GOP’s platform could be seen as discriminatory. Conversely, if it is found to be constitutional then Obama’s platform would take a major hit at its base. Both candidates have no mentioned this issue openly. Instead Democrats have focused on the “War on Women”, while Republicans have focused on American “success.” The affect the ruling could have on voters could cost the front runner the election as well. Swing voters might not consider voting for a candidate whose message was recently struck down by the highest court in the country. The loss of votes in these swing states might turn leaning Obama states towards Romney, and vice versa. This would be detrimental to either party’s hope at being in the White House come 2013.
Whether or not the conversation of marriage is accepted by the Supreme Court before November 6th, the topic surely will come up in the upcoming debates. Even though the candidates have effectively downplayed these issues so far in the election, they will have to address them live in front of the American public.
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