The US Supreme Court will rule on a national right to same-sex marriage

The US Supreme Court announced that it would
consolidate a number of cases concerning gay
marriage and by June will release an omnibus
ruling on the rights of gay and lesbian couples to
marry.

The court’s terse acceptance of the appeals (
http://www.supremecourt.gov/orders/
courtorders/011615zr_f2q3.pdf ) , from the citizens
in Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, and Tennessee, laid
out the questions it will attempt to settle:

The 14th amendment to the US constitution
guarantees equal protection under the law to all
citizens. So far, gay marriage is legal in 36 states
and prohibited in 14; the bans have prompted
multiple challenges in court.

Same-sex couples have spent years stringing
together legal victories, including landmark rulings
in 2013 that forced the federal government and the
state of California recognize gay marriages. This
case is expected to determine a unified national
precedent for same-sex marriage. It was prompted
after a US appeals court, the level below the
Supreme Court, upheld bans in four states (the
ones now involved in the consolidated case),
creating a disjunction in national law that had to
be resolved.

Same-sex marriage advocates are pleased (
http://www.buzzfeed.com/chrisgeidner/supreme-court-will-hear-four-cases-challenging-same sex-marr#.aum5n2Q8z ) that the highest court in the
land is taking up the case, confident that the
recent trend of legal decisions will lead to a ruling
in their favor. Opponents of equal marriage rights,
meanwhile ( http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2015/01/16/supreme-court-gay-marriage/21867355/ ) , hope that the case will be
their chance to re-establish a state’s right to define marriage as it
sees fit.

Author : Tim Fernholz

( URL : http://qz.com/328567/the-us-supreme-court-will-rule-on-a-national-right-to-same-sex-marriage/)

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