Richard Socarides, former LGBT adviser to President Clinton and former president of Equality Matters, joins “Viewpoint” host Eliot Spitzer to react to news that the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan has ruled that the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional in the case of Windsor v. United States.
“After today’s decision, [this] case is now headed for the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court actually is probably going to hear this case and decide before next summer,” Socarides says. ”If this ruling and its rationale are upheld, [that means that] any kind of classification based on sexual orientation in any law anywhere in this country probably will not withstand a direct constitutional challenge because you won’t be able to justify it any longer.”