Friday, January 16, 2015

BREAKING: US Supreme Court Will Hear Same-Sex Marriage Cases

by Brig Bagley

16 January 2015

In a closed meeting today, the US Supreme Court justices met and decided to take on the same-sex marriage cases pertaining to the 6th Circuit Court Cases: Tennessee, Ohio, Michigan, and Kentucky. Each case was affected by the 6th Circuit's ruling in favor of state bans of SSM. The plaintiffs for the four cases have varying situations, from deceased partners, multiple children, adopted children, and out-of-state marriages.

The justices will hear the cases in April and likely make a ruling in June. Argument time limits were increased to 2.5 hours. Amicus briefs are now being accepted for the case. It will consider two questions:
"The first is whether the Constitution requires states to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. The other is whether states must recognize same-sex marriages performed elsewhere."
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