United States Supreme Court to Hear Same-Sex Marriage Arguments This Term

marriageequalitysupremecourtjustices_2012_032620121 The United States Supreme Court granted certiorari today to hear  four cases from Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee on gay-marriage.  The cases were consolidated for argument.

The Court agreed to hear Obergefell v. Hodges, Tanco v. Halsam, DeBoer v. Snyder and Bourke v. Beshear.  Briefs are to be filed by February 27, 2015.

The Court framed the issues to be addressed as follows:

“1)  Does the Fourteenth Amendment require a state to license a marriage between two people of the same sex?

2)  Does the Fourteenth Amendment require a state to recognize a marriage between two people of the same sex when their marriage was lawfully licensed and performed out-of-state?

The Court indicated that ninety minutes would be devoted to issue one while one hour would be devoted to issue two.

About Lisa Smith-Butler

Lisa is the Associate Dean for Information Services at the Charleston School of Law, Sol Blatt Jr. Law Library. She teaches Advanced Legal Research & Children & the Law.
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