In fact, all four justices in opposition to the decision wrote their own dissents , and the media is overflowing with commentary, much of it negative. Hodges was not a surprise. About two-thirds of U. The high court ruled that same-sex couples have the right to marry in all 50 states. If two people want to get married and some house of worship wants to preside over it, go ahead.
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The justices returned from their summer break on a somber note, following the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, hearing arguments by phone because of the coronavirus pandemic and bracing for the possibility of post-election court challenges. The court turned away the appeal of the former clerk, Kim Davis, among hundreds of rejected cases Monday. The cases the justices spent about two and a half hours discussing Monday, however, were far less prominent: a water dispute between Texas and New Mexico and a case involving a provision of the Delaware constitution that keeps the number of state judges affiliated with the two major political parties fairly even. The justices will hear a total of 10 arguments this week and next, but the term is so far short on high-profile cases. That could change quickly because of the prospect of court involvement in lawsuits related to the election. Perhaps the biggest case currently on the justices' docket is post-Election Day arguments in the latest Republican bid to strike down the Affordable Care Act, which provides more than 20 million people with health insurance.
Gay Marriage Demonstrations At U.S. Supreme Court
People gather in Lafayette Park to witness the White House being lit up in rainbow colors in commemoration of the Supreme Court's ruling to legalize same-sex marriage Friday, June 26, , in Washington. Gay and lesbian couples in Washington and across the nation are celebrating Friday's ruling, which will put an end to same-sex marriage bans in the 14 states that still maintain them. People celebrate outside the U. Supreme Court following the announcement of the ruling on the same-sex marriage case, in Washington.
The Supreme Court on Friday agreed to hear a case that could bring about the end of same-sex marriage bans across the country. Oral arguments are likely to be heard in April — the justices allotted two and a half hours to the issue. And a decision is expected by the end of June. The long-awaited move was triggered by a ruling at the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals, which became the first appeals court since the decision against the Defense of Marriage Act to uphold gay marriage bans in Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee. The Cincinnati-based 6th Circuit court had split with appellate courts at the 10th Circuit, 7th Circuit, 4th Circuit and 9th Circuit, all of which struck down gay marriage bans in the regions they cover.