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Court to Hear 6 Same-Sex Marriage Cases at Once

Posted on: August 9, 2014

Cincinnati’s 6th US Circuit Court of Appeals heard six cases regarding same-sex marriages this past Wednesday, a landmark in terms of the high number of cases being reviewed all at once. Each of the cases was previously seen by lower courts that struck down bans on gay marriage or required state governments to recognize gay marriages that took place in other states.same-sex-marriage-cincinnati

Despite a long line of federal court victories for proponents of same-sex marriage dating back to 2013, when the Supreme Court struck down part of the Defense of Marriage Act, the six cases being discussed in Cincinnati may very well end in negative results for proponents of gay marriage. Two of the judges hearing the cases were nominated by President George W. Bush, and two were nominated by President Bill Clinton, reflecting the current Republican/Democrat split in the courts. Though these judges did rule 5 to 4 in US v. Windsor that the federal government couldn’t refuse to recognize same-sex marriages originating in states where they are legal, they also did not rule on whether or not states can ban gay marriages. And given the opposing ideologies, it’s likely that there will be conflict over whether marriage is a fundamental right for all or whether states should be free to restrict marriage to heterosexual couples.

The ideological split may very well lead to Supreme Court intervention—and in the meantime, it could mean the dissolution of previously legal unions.

The cases being heard by the 6th Circuit Court include two regarding the same-sex marriage bans in Michigan and Kentucky and four regarding recognition of same-sex marriages that took place in different states where the marriages are legal.

Currently nineteen states and the District of Columbia allow same-sex marriage.

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