The U.S. Supreme Court announced yesterday that it has scheduled oral arguments in the same-sex marriage cases out of the 6th Circuit for April 28, 2015. Obergerfell v. Hodges out of Ohio and three other cases from states in the 6th Circuit are set to be heard during 150 minutes of arguments that day. As we discussed back in January when the high court granted cert. to petitioners, the two issues before the court will be:
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 decision in these cases should resolve a split among federal circuits that came about when the 6th Circuit upheld same-sex marriage bans, while all other federal circuit courts that have issued a ruling on this issue have found them unconstitutional. It is expected in June. For more information about this, see the case files on SCOTUS Blog and this article from the Columbus Dispatch.
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