What to expect from SCOTUS on the freedom to marry in June’s final days
June 24, 2015
Across the country, supporters of the freedom to marry are eagerly awaiting a decision from the United States Supreme Court in Obergefell v. Hodges, the legal cases emanating from Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky and Tennessee seeking the freedom to marry for same-sex couples nationwide.
A ruling is expected within the next week - before the end of June - and the decision could end marriage discrimination nationwide, once and for all.
The Supreme Court has three days currently scheduled where it will issue opinions at 10:00am. Opinions are scheduled to be published on Thursday, June 25; Friday, June 26; and Monday, June 29. On any of these days, the marriage opinion could be issued, but we won't know until it is announced.
Here's what you can expect when a ruling comes down:
- Follow along with the rest of the Internet on Twitter using the hashtag #SCOTUS and at SCOTUSBlog.com.
- As soon as an opinion is announced - win or lose - we'll be live blogging everything that happens that day, more intensely than ever, at our Freedom to Marry Live Blog.
- We'll be here to guide you through every detail of the decision, including what it means for you, what it means for other states, and all of the press coverage around the big decision.
- Follow along with us - and join the conversation - on Freedom to Marry's Facebook page, Twitter feed, and Instagram account.
We don't know what the outcome of the ruling will be, but the Freedom to Marry team is hopeful. The lawyers in favor of marriage for same-sex couples made strong, compelling legal arguments, and Freedom to Marry and our supporters continues to make the strongest case possible in the court of national public opinion.
There are three primary possible outcomes when the Justices issue their ruling:
- The Court could rule for the freedom to marry nationwide by declaring that it is unconstitutional to bar same-sex couples from marriage.
- The Court could rule that non-marriage states must respect marriages legally performed elsewhere, but that those states do not need to issue marriage licenses themselves.
- The Court could rule that marriage bans do not violate the Constitution and that non-marriage states do not have to respect the legal marriages of same-sex couples.
We know you're excited and anxious about this decision - and we're ready to be there to help guide you through the big day.
Stay tuned! And why not go ahead and bookmark the Freedom to Marry Live Blog?