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Supreme Court officially sets date for marriage equality cases- Businesses and Republicans show support.

The rumors still hold that the United States will deliver a judgment on marriage equality this June. However, the Court has announced exactly when the cases will be heard.SCOTUS-DATE-x400

This historic case will address two questions: “Does the Fourteenth Amendment require a state to license a marriage between two people of the same sex?” and “Does the Fourteenth Amendment require a state to recognize a marriage between two people of the same sex when their marriage was lawfully licensed and performed out-of-state?”

The Justices will hear oral arguments from both sides of  consolidated cases from the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, the only court to uphold state’s ban on same-sex marriage since its last marriage-equality-related ruling in June 2013.

Businesses supporting LGBT rights and marriage equality, including INBA, have signed and sent an amicus brief to the Supreme Court, detailing additional reasons for the Justices to prohibit states from banning same-sex marriage. Additionally, over 300 Republicans have signed on to a similar amicus brief, spearheaded by Ken Mehlman,  former Republican National Committee chairman and 2004 re-election campaign manager for George W. Bush.

“One of the points that I hope people appreciate when they read the brief is that supporting marriage equality is, in fact, the conservative position,” Mehlman told The Boston Globe in an interview.

With such a broad support base, marriage rights will finally come head-to-head with state rights in the coming months, reaching its crescendo on April 28th. After that, Americans can only anticipate the final call on this long-awaited and historic ruling.

 

Source: Advocate.com, and USAtoday

 

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