Monday, April 27, 2015

Will the U.S. Supreme Court Rule For Nationwide Equality?

On Tuesday, April 27, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments about several cases involving marriage laws. Here are some facts about this.

The Court has received many written arguments. What they will be hearing are oral arguments, which they can challenge and interrupt. A decision will not be made public until June.

What it boils down to is that many federal courts have told states they 1) must stop denying the limited monogamous freedom to marry to same-gender couples, and they 2) have to recognize such marriages legally entered into in other states. Some states have appealed those rulings to the Supreme Court.

There are different decisions the Court could make.

The worst-case scenario that is within the realm of possibility is that the Court will say that states may continue to have laws that deny this freedom to marry and deny recognition of such marriages entered into elsewhere. This is not likely.

It is very likely that progress will be made at the Court. The question really is how much progress. It would be a dream come true to see the Court rule for the nationwide right to full marriage equality. We should finally make it clear that an adult, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, race, or religion, is free to marry any and all consenting adults.

That, however, is a longshot. The next best thing, and it is far more likely to happen, is for the court to rule that there is a nationwide right to the limited monogamous same-gender freedom to marry, and to do so in a way that will allow full marriage equality to be implemented within a few years.

Lawrence vs. Texas was decided in 2003, which struck down laws against "sodomy." Here, twelve years later, people in relationships that used to be criminalized may get their right to marry. So progress is being made, and it is being made faster and faster, thankfully.

People are being hurt as a result of being denied their rights. The Court can help end that. There is no good reason they shouldn't. Let's stand up for the rights of all!

See The US Supreme Court Should Rule For Equality

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