LGBT Parenting Roundup: SCOTUS Edition

roundup_200Today’s the day the U.S. Supreme Court takes up the first of two cases that could spell the beginning of the end for marriage inequality in our country. Here are some of the stories that show the impact the Court’s ruling could have on same-sex couples and their children—and the impact our families could have on the ruling.

  • Education Week has a great article on the implications of marriage equality for schools. They speak with moms Kristin Perry and Sandra Stier, two of the plaintiffs in the case to determine the legality of California’s Proposition 8. The best line of the article, however, is a quote from Emily Hecht-McGowan, public-policy director of the Family Equality Council, who observes there are many types of families that do not contain a biological mother and father, and notes, “The job of educators is to make sure all of those children feel validated and accepted.”
  • The Miami Herald has a longer profile of Perry and Stier that is worth a read.
  • Navy sailor Melissa Smith and T.J. Jenkins are legally married in Maryland and have six children. At her sailor’s retirement ceremony next month, however, her commanding officer won’t recognize Jenkins or the four of their children who are not biologically hers.

  • Ella Robinson, daughter of Episcopal Bishop Gene Robinson, the first openly gay bishop of a major Christian denomination, spoke on HuffPo Live about why she believes in marriage equality.

  • Finally (and less directly related to marriage equality), a new study has found that same-sex parents are often judged more harshly than opposite-sex ones when they express frustration towards their children. (H/t the Atlantic Wire.)

It’s going to be a week jam-packed with marriage equality news—although we won’t know the outcome until sometime in June. This nice infographic from the New York Times shows the possible outcomes. I’m hopeful. What are your feelings?