As of 10:00 a.m. today, oral arguments before the Supreme Court are underway in Obergerfell v. Hodges. This case originated here in Ohio and has been consolidated with three other cases regarding the issue of same-sex marriage originally heard in Tennessee, Michigan, and Kentucky. Although the Supreme Court has touched on issues that affect the marriage equality movement in the past (see United States v. Windsor), today's oral arguments address two substantial issues affecting the rights of same-sex couples:
- Does the Fourteenth Amendment require a state to license a marriage between two people of the same sex?
- 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?
The Supreme Court is expected to issue its decision regarding the two questions above by the end of June, and its decision will be based substantially upon the arguments presented to the Court today.
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