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Today plaintiffs in Michigan and Kentucky filed for writ of certiorari, rounding out the rest of the Sixth Circuit states to make a formal request of the U.S. Supreme Court to review its cases.

GLAD’s Mary Bonato has signed onto the legal team in the Michigan case.

National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR), attorneys Abby Rubenfeld, Maureen Holland, and Regina Lambert, and the law firms of Sherrard & Roe PLC and Ropes & Gray LLP requested the Supreme Court of the United States hear their Tennessee case.

Lambda Legal, the ACLU and private firm Gerhardstein & Branch also petitioned the Supreme Court of the United States for a writ of certiorari for their case challenging Ohio’s constitutional ban on marriage equality.

The cases are on appeal after a three-judge panel of the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals overturned lower court rulings striking down these states' bans on marriage equality. The Sixth Circuit ruling marked the first time a federal appeals court ruled in favor of state marriage bans. 

The Supreme Court is under no obligation as to which case or cases - if any - it chooses to hear on appeal, although the loss in the Sixth Circuit creates a circuit court split, increasing the likelihood the Supreme Court takes up the issue of marriage.

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