The one-page order almost guarantees the Supreme Court takes up the question of marriage equality next term.
A federal appeals court decision is set to take effect this week, unless the Roberts Court grants an emergency request by attorneys for Virginia to stay that decision striking down the state’s ban on same-sex marriage.
The ruling, while limited, is the first loss for marriage equality advocates since the Supreme Court’s historic ruling last year in U.S. v. Windsor.
So far two states, Utah and Oklahoma, have filed petitions asking the Roberts Court to uphold their respective state bans on marriage equality. Elsewhere, attorneys for the State of Virginia filed their petition for review with the Roberts Court on Friday.
Ten years after Massachusetts became the first state to legalize same-sex marriage, a federal judge announced a decision on same-sex marriage in Pennsylvania on Tuesday.
Many thousands of same-sex couples have gotten married in the United States; as a simple fact of modern life, a good number of them will get divorced. But many couples are finding that they’re “wedlocked”—they got married in a state where same-sex marriage is legal, but either live in or moved to a state where the practice is banned, and therefore cannot get a divorce.
With virtually no chance of passage in the current Congress, the Cruz-Lee bill appears to be motivated by politics.
A unanimous decision by the New Mexico Supreme Court makes the state the 17th in the country to recognize marriage equality.
It looks like the Roberts Court may take up the Hobby Lobby contraception challenge, while other federal appellate courts refuse to buy the argument that corporations can exercise religious beliefs.
For Justice Samuel Alito, the Defense of Marriage Act and workplace discrimination cases represent the coming together of two very real threats to him: advancing equality in society and advancing equality in the workplace.