A Best-Case, Worst-Case Look at the Supreme Court’s Options

Written by scott on January 26th, 2015

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In just a few months, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral argument in four marriage equality cases, and while it’s impossible to accurately predict how the nine justices may rule, it’s also impossible to avoid speculating. This much is certain: Whatever the court decides will be the most important turning point ever seen in the marriage equality battle — and will radically alter the lives of millions of people.

What Exactly Will the Court Decide?

The court is going to focus on two questions, asking attorneys on both sides to address the inquiries with the merits of their individual cases. Those questions are:

Does the Constitution require states to issue licenses to same-sex couples?

Does the Constitution require states to recognize out-of-state marriage licenses from jurisdictions with marriage equality?

These questions may seem straightforward, but the court’s answer could be (and probably will be) more than just a yes or no. When the justices rule, a complex decision could settle those questions while also providing detailed guidance for future litigation. That’s one reason why it’s so hard to predict: there are an infinite number of ways the justices can answer even the simplest of questions.

Authored By Matt Baume – See the Full Story at The Advocate

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2 Comments so far ↓

  1. Darlene Poudrier says:

    My wife and i have together for 27 years. Married in Massachusetts in 2008. Moved to Texas in 2012 to be closer to family. We want our marriage recognized here to receive all the federal rights that as taxpaying citizens of this state deserve.

  2. Gerald Tangney says:

    we all deserve equality not asking for special rights just equal rights that’s what we all deserve

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