It came as the court declined to hear an appeal in the case of former Kentucky clerk Kim Davis, who was jailed in after refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, after gay marriage became legal. But he does fear that same-sex marriages could be treated differently. Resources of courts will be redirected to maintain status quo. Following the death in September of the liberal justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg , the Trump administration and Republicans, who control the US Senate, are attempting to confirm a sixth conservative, the Indiana federal judge Amy Coney Barrett , before the presidential election on 3 November. Which is another reason to pay attention to down-ballot [election] races.
Supreme Court: Marriage is a fundamental right for gay couples
Supreme Court Declares Same-Sex Marriage Legal In All 50 States : The Two-Way : NPR
Supreme Court ruled on Friday that it is legal for all Americans, no matter their gender or sexual orientation, to marry the people they love. The decision is a historic victory for gay rights activists who have fought for years in the lower courts. Thirty-seven states and the District of Columbia already recognize marriage equality. The remaining 13 states ban these unions, even as public support has reached record levels nationwide. The justices found that, under the 14th Amendment, states must issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples and recognize same-sex unions that have been legally performed in other states. In a rare move, the four dissenting justices each wrote an opinion. The lead plaintiff in Obergefell v.
Same-sex marriage is made legal nationwide with Obergefell v. Hodges decision
Okay: What is the Supreme Court thinking about marriage? They just heard oral argument from gay couples, from the states that want to preserve their bans, and from the U. And we can make a couple guesses about what's going through their heads. First, a few basics. There are nine justices.
The U. Supreme Court this week takes its first serious look ever at the issue of same-sex marriage, considering two cases that raise a fundamental issue: does the Constitution's guarantee of equal protection allow legal distinctions between same-sex couples and those of the opposite sex? The greatest potential for a ruling with nationwide implications comes in a case from California, to be argued Tuesday, brought by proponents of Proposition 8. The following day, the court will hear a separate case challenging the Defense of Marriage Act, which prevents the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages in states where they are legal.