Court Asks Law Professor to Argue DOMA Procedural Issues

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday chose Harvard constitutional law professor Vicki C. Jackson to argue that it does not have the authority to rule on the constitutionality of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Jackson will file a brief and appear to argue two procedural issues that the court itself raised in agreeing to consider the law’s validity. Those issues are whether the court has jurisdiction to rule on the law and whether Republican members of the House of Representatives have a right to appear in the case. SCOTUSblog explores the issues.