April 28, 2015
The U.S. Supreme Court today is hearing arguments in a case that will push the most-recent chapter in the breakneck story of American gay marriage toward a major conclusion. Coloradans on all sides of the issue are watching for clues on what to expect here in the Centennial State, where over the last 11 years same-sex marriage was banned by voters, then side-stepped with civil unions, then caught up in state court, then de-facto legalized by a federal court, and then made real on the ground in the offices of inspired and determined county clerks.
The Supreme Court justices likely will hand down a ruling in the Obergefell v. Hodges case in June. (Audio of arguments is being loaded here in stages as they take place.) The justices are considering two questions: First, must all states issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, and second, if they don’t have to, must they recognize those issued by other states?
The high-court case consolidates four cases heard in the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, a conservative jurisdiction that stretches from the Canadian border with Michigan through Midwestern Ohio and into Old South Kentucky and Tennessee.
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