John M. Becker

Marriage Cases From Four States Will Be Heard on Same Day

Filed By John M. Becker | June 18, 2014 6:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Marriage Equality, Politics
Tags: appeals court, gay marriage, Kentucky, lawsuits, marriage discrimination, marriage equality, marriage recognition, Michigan, Ohio, same-sex marriage, Tennessee

scales_justice.jpgMark your calendars now for Wednesday, August 6, 2014, because it's going to be an historic day for the push for marriage equality in Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Tennessee. The Washington Blade's Chris Johnson reports:

In four separate notices on Monday, the Sixth Circuit, which is located in Cincinnati, announced that arguments for the cases in Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee will take place on August 6 at 1 pm.

James Esseks, director of the American Civil Liberties Union LGBT project, said his organization welcomes the developments for each of the cases. His organization is assisting with litigation in the Ohio case.

"We're happy to see the Circuit taking up this issue so quickly," Esseks said. "All the cases together reinforce how sweeping and widespread are the harms that come from the marriage bans."

Scottie Thomaston notes over at Equality on Trial that only one of these cases -- Michigan's -- seeks full marriage equality. The Kentucky and Tennessee cases challenge clauses in both states' marriage bans forbidding the recognition of valid same-sex marriages performed elsewhere.

The Ohio cases deal with the recognition of legal out-of-state same-sex marriages and the listing of same-sex marriages on state-issued death certificates.

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