Supreme Court Meeting To Discuss Same-Sex Marriage Cases

| by Amanda Andrade-Rhoades

The Supreme Court will be meeting behind closed doors on Friday to consider whether or not to hear any cases on the issue of marriage equality, Reuters reported. In October, the Supreme Court decided against dealing with any cases related to same-sex marriage. 

Currently, there are five cases pending regarding same-sex marriage prohibitions in Ohio, Tennessee, Michigan, Kentucky and Louisiana. Though 36 states allow same-sex marriage, the legal issue is deciding if a ban on same-sex marriage violates the U.S. Constitution’s guarantees of equality. 

Because the Supreme Court decided not to hear cases on same-sex marriage in October, gay marriage became legal in five more states and paved the way for several more. Prior to October, a mere 19 states allowed same-sex marriage.

If the court agrees to take one or more of the impending cases, it would allow the nine justices to rule on when, or if, members of the LGBTQ community could get married in the 14 states that do not allow same-sex marriage. The cases would be ruled on before the end of June.

The Supreme Court may feel pressured to take on these cases because of a Nov. 6 ruling by the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to uphold marriage restrictions in four states.

Source: Reuters / Image via Palosirkka/Wikimedia Commons