Supreme Court to Decide Gay Marriage by End of June

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The Supreme Court of the United States announced Friday they would hear four cases involving same-sex marriage, including the case brought by Hazel Park couple April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse.

Cases will be heard from Michigan, Kentucky, Ohio and Tennessee, with the ruling expected by the end of June. Arguments are likely to be heard on April 27, 28, or 29th. There are two main decisions for which the Court will hear two and a half hours of arguments for: Must states allow same-sex couples to marry? And must states recognize marriages performed in other states?

Dana Nessel, who is one of the attorneys representing the Hazel Park couple, stated “”We are ferncareADexcited obviously for our clients and for the many thousands of couples like them in Michigan, but we are also excited for the entire nation.”

Rowse stated “Our families, communities and the schools all see us as a family. We juggle our jobs and a houseful of children and wouldn’t have it any other way. Soon, we hope to have the same recognition and share the same protections and responsibilities as all other families.”

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette released a statement saying “I am pleased that the Supreme Court has chosen to review this case, so that important issues involving the seed28diane_dengatefundamental institution of marriage, our Constitution and the rights of voters will be decided.”

Schuette’s statement also said “Court cases, by their very nature, create an adversarial atmosphere between those representing the two sides of an argument. But in a democracy, reasonable people can disagree without being disagreeable.”

Many advocacy groups are weighing in on the decision, as well as raising money for the cause of LGBT rights. Michigan Marriage Challenge is the official fund to donate to the legal expenses of the case, which include the cost of bringing in experts and the travel expenses involved. The link nicholas-schrock-allstatefor more information and to donate is

Equal access to marriage is currently permitted in 36 of the 50 states. If the Supreme Court rules in favor of the families who have sued their states, it will be a right for same-sex couples through the country.

Earlier this week 300 Michigan Couples had court victory as well. They were able to legally marry in the one-day window of time following the DeBoer victory at the Circuit Court level, before the State was able to secure a stay. The State refused to recognize those marriages, and so several of the couples sued, and won. Read more at
The oc115 has been following the DeBoer case from the very beginning, and the case that came from the resulting marriages. Here are our previous stories leading up to this point, and the video from the day couples married:

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