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The Supreme Court agreed to hear cases upholding bans in four states on same-sex marriages and  recognition of same-sex marriages legally performed in other states.   The four states involved are Ohio, Kentucky, Michigan and Tennessee.   The Court accepted two issues for review:

1) Does the Fourteenth Amendment require a state to license a marriage between two people of the same sex?

2) 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?

See ACLU of Ohio, Supreme Court Will Hear Four Cases Challenging Ban on Marriage for Same-Sex Couples, Including Ohio’s.  The Supreme Court could decide to overturn the Ohio Constitution’s ban on same-sex marriage entirely, or at least require Ohio to recognize marriages valid in other states.  Ohio voters approved amending the Ohio Constitution to ban same-sex marriage in 2004.

The Supreme Court will review DeBoer v. Snyder.   a federal Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals decision that overturned two cases from federal district courts in the Southern District of Ohio, as well as cases from federal district courts in Michigan, Tennessee and Kentucky.   The Ohio District Court decisions held that the failure to recognize same sex marriages valid in other states violates due process and/or equal protection rights afforded by the U.S. Constitution. See our prior post on the Deboer decision.

For more information on the U.S. Supreme Court case, check out the SCOTUS blog’s Information Page about DeBoer v. Snyder. 

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