Same-sex Marriage–The Next Step
Since Justice Kennedy openly invited challenges to state bans on same-sex marriage in last year’s Windsor case, there has been a string of federal district court rulings, unanimously in favor of SSM. Today the first appellate court hearing to review one of these cases will be heard in the 10th Circuit, reviewing the Utah District Court’s decision overturning that state’s SSM ban.
This is just the first, with more to come in other circuits. A hearing by the Supreme Court is inevitable, and having cases heard by the appellate courts now makes it possible, perhaps likely, that SCOTUS will hear a case in their next term, that starts this October.