Supreme Court to Determine if Same Sex Couples Have a Constitutional Right to Marry

January 19, 2015 at 10:15 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

The Supreme Court announced on Friday that it will take up the issue of  whether there is a constitutional right that allows for gay marriage. This issue is broader than the courts 2013 reasoning in the Windsor case, where the Court focused on whether the Defense of Marriage Act could limit the definition of marriage to one man and one woman. At that time, the Supreme Court declined to each the broader issue that it will take up this year. The court is hearing an appeal from a ruling of the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals, which in November upheld bans on gay marriage in Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky and Tennessee. The 6th Circuit’s decision ended a streak of rulings striking down bans across the country  and compelled the Supreme Court to settle the split in lower courts. Attorney General Eric Holder said the Department of Justice will file a brief urging the Supreme Court to rule in favor of gay marriage. Court watchers expect another 5-4 ruling, but there is no consensus which way the Court will rule on the issue. A ruling is expected in June 2015.

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