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

Monday, 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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Washington, USA: Now That Marriage Equality is Here, What Should Domestic Partners Do?

Sunday, November 11th, 2012

Washington State: Now That Marriage Equality is Here, What Should Domestic Partners Do?Now that voters have approved Referendum 74 by a vote of 53.2% to 46.8%, same-sex couples can begin registering for marriage licenses in Washington state on December 6th and start marrying December 9th. Yay!

The 9,904 couples already in a Washington State Registered Domestic Partnership have several options.

If at least one person in the couple is 62 or older on June 30, 2014, the RDP remains an RDP unless the couple chooses to dissolve it. Going forward, RDPs will only be available to couples where one member is 62 or older.

Authored By Laurel Ramseyer – See the Full Story at Pam’s House Blend

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