AG Herring responds to Supreme Court decision to hear same-sex marriage case
The Supreme Court has agreed to deiced the future of same-sex marriage in the US after a 6th circuit court broke the trend and upheld its district ban earlier late last year.
Attorney General Eric Holder, on behalf of the State Department issued this statement on the matter, “The Supreme Court sent a powerful message that Americans in same-sex marriages are entitled to equal protection and equal treatment under the law. This landmark decision marked a historic step toward equality for all American families.”
He added the Department of Justice will continue to ensure the benefits associated with marriage are available as broadly as possible until the Supreme Court decides.
Virginia Attorney General Mark R. Herring also released a statement on the Supreme Court’s decision to hear the appeals, saying “given the near unanimous string of rulings recognizing the constitutional right to marry, and the Supreme Court’s decision to let all those rulings stand, including in Virginia, I am optimistic that marriage equality will soon be the law of the land.”
This decision comes not long after a ruling from the Sixth District Court which upheld a ban on same-sex marriage in the four states within its jurisdiction: Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Tennessee, all of which had previously had their state bans struck down by lower courts.
The case will be heard in April, with a verdict expected to be reached by the end of June.
Due to federal and state court rulings, the number of states (including Virginia) allowing same-sex has doubled within the last three months, with only 14 states still blocking same-sex marriage. This increase was due largely to the lack of action by the Supreme Court in October when they decided to not to hear any cases on the issue as the topic lacked dissenting lower court rulings.
The highest court in the land will hear two cases; one on whether or not the Constitution requires states to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, the other on whether or not other states have to recognize marriages performed in other states.
Presumably because of the high-profile nature surrounding this decision, the Supreme Court has decided to more than double the allotted argument time from one hour to two and a half. During this time both sides will present their arguments, including the gay and lesbian plaintiffs from the four states affected by the Sixth District Court’s decision.
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