US Supreme Court could rule as soon as today on same-sex marriage
The US Supreme Court could rule as soon as today on the issue of same-sex marriage.
The highest court in the US has until Tuesday to issue its ruling on the issue, after hearing ‘mega-case’ Obergefell v. Hodges.
The Supreme Court does not advertise in advance which days it will announce decisions on, leaving the international media waiting for the ruling.
The nine Supreme Court justices are attempting to resolve a ‘split’ in lower courts on the issue – and as such could decide on the issue once and for all for the entire country.
When the court does rule, the decision may not be as clear as ‘yes’ or ‘no’ on same-sex marriage – as it is simultaneously trying to settle whether same-sex marriage is a constitutional right, and whether states are required to recognise marriages from elsewhere.
This means that a tight ruling from the court could lead to one of three potential situations: same-sex marriage is found to be a constitutional right, and is legalised everywhere; same-sex marriage is not found to be a constitutional right, but all states must recognise them; or same-sex marriage is not found to be a constitutional right, and states are able to enforce bans if they want to.
Given the same nine justices reached a 5-4 ruling in favour of equality in 2013’s United States v Windsor, which found parts of the Defence of Marriage Act unconstitutional, LGBT activists are hopeful for one of the first two outcomes.
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