Post submitted by Charlie Joughin, HRC Press Secretary
On Monday, September 29, the nine justices of the Supreme Court will be considering which cases pending before them will be chosen to hear on appeal. Included amongst the cases they’ll be considering are marriage equality cases from five states – Utah, Oklahoma, Virginia, Indiana and Wisconsin. Earlier in the year three federal appeals courts upheld lower court decisions that ruled state bans on marriage equality are unconstitutional.
We could know soon thereafter whether or not one or more of these cases has be granted certiorari – meaning the Court has taken up the case(s) -- though the court could delay making a decision for weeks or even until next term. Recently Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg told an audience that there is “no rush” to take up a case, especially if the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals continues the current streak of circuit courts striking down state marriage bans.
We know that every day these marriage bans remain on the books, real couples and real families suffer the consequences. All Americans, especially the committed and loving gay and lesbian couples living in states that refuse to see their love as valid, need to see this issue addressed by the highest court in the land - and fast.
America is ready for marriage equality. And hopefully soon, one of the cases pending before the Court will have the chance to convince the Justices of that fact.
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