Supreme Court announces hearing date for same-sex marriage case
The US Supreme Court released their hearing schedule today and the 6th circuit challenge to same-sex marriage will be heard the last Tuesday in April, the 28th.
The Supreme Court has given 2.5 hours that day to allow oral arguments for and against the issue of same-sex marriage.
The 6th circuit challenge was the only dissenting opinion from any federal judge nationwide. GayRVA’s LGBTQ Legal Expert Michael Hammar said the ruling handed down should not only worry LGBTQ people, but also blacks, Jews, Muslims and Hispanics:
Applied to its logical limits, the 6th Circuit ruling would allow the non-white, non-Christofascist majority of the future to strip the “godly folk” of their civil rights and treat them as they have so foully treated others (talk about Karma being a bitch). The ruling is so insane that it’s hard to know if the majority wanted to be remembered in the same category as those judges that decided the Dred Scott ruling in the 1800′s or if they are seeking to force the U.S. Supreme Court to make marriage equality nationwide.
The outcome from the April hearing is expected in June, much like the last big same-sex marriage challenge, Windsor vs. US, in 2012.
Some experts expect a similar, positive ruling for same-sex couples, like Virginia AG Mark Herring, who released a statement shortly after SCOTUS agreed to take the case in January.
“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,” said Herring in the statement. “I am optimistic that marriage equality will soon be the law of the land.”
Oppenents of same-sex marriage are equally excited for the highest court in the land to hear the case. Brian Brown, Executive Director of the National Organization for Marriage, praised SCOTUS’s decision to hear the case saying it will put an end to any of dissent on the issue.
“We are confident that the Supreme Court has chosen the 6th Circuit case in order to affirm the finding of the Appeals court, just as it did in the cases of Windsor v. United States and Sabelius v. Hobby Lobby,” said Brown in a statement on NOM’s blog. “We will be watching this case closely and anticipate an eventual victory for the democratic process, religious liberty, and the cherished institution of marriage which forms the very bedrock of our society.”
GayRVA will do its best to follow the case as the day in court approaches.
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