Sen. Mike Johanns won’t predict how the United States Supreme Court will rule on challenges to laws that ban same-sex marriage.
Supreme Court justices have begun hearing arguments this week on whether homosexuals have a constitutional right to marry.
Two cases come before the justices. One is a challenge to Proposition 8, a 2008 voter-approved measure which limited marriage in California to one man and one woman. The second challenges the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act, adopted in 1996, that defined marriage in federal law as between one man and one woman.
Sen. Johanns cautions to expect the unexpected from the Supreme Court.
“I think stay tuned on that one,” Johanns tells Nebraska Radio Network. “I won’t be surprised if the Supreme Court revisits this and makes a decision that stuns everybody.”
Johanns says it’s difficult to predict how the court will rule on the Defense of Marriage Act.
“DOMA is not an old law. It was only passed during the Clinton Administration; got a lot of votes. It got President Clinton’s signature, but a lot has changed. So, stay turned on this one. We may see a decision that is very surprising,” according to Johanns.
President Clinton has since stated he would not sign the law if he were president today.
The court is expected to hand down decisions this summer.
AUDIO: Sen. Mike Johanns discusses same-sex marriage cases before the Supreme Court. [:25]