John M. Becker

BREAKING: SCOTUS Sets Date for Marriage Arguments

Filed By John M. Becker | March 05, 2015 10:33 AM | comments

Filed in: Marriage Equality, Politics
Tags: gay marriage, marriage equality, same-sex marriage, Sixth Circuit, Supreme Court

Mark your calendars, folks: the Supreme Court announced this morning that it will hear oral arguments in the Sixth Circuit marriage cases -- from Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, and Tennessee -- on Tuesday, April 28, 2015. supreme-court-marriage-april28.jpg These are the cases that the Court will very likely use to resolve the constitutional question of marriage equality for the entire United States. If you need a refresher, here are the questions the Court instructed both sides to prepare back in January when it agreed to hear the cases:
The cases are consolidated and the petitions for writs of certiorari are granted limited to the following questions: 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? A total of ninety minutes is allotted for oral argument on Question 1. A total of one hour is allotted for oral argument on Question 2. The parties are limited to filing briefs on the merits and presenting oral arguments on the questions presented in their respective petitions.
The Court also announced today that it will make audio of the arguments available on its website that same day, April 28. See you next month! The full calendar listing is after the break, via Equality Case Files.

Supreme Court Marriage Cases Calendar by Equality Case Files

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