People willing to wait four days for a spot in the courtroom.
The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) will hear arguments on Tuesday April 28th in the Obergfell v. Hodges case that will finally address the fundamental question of whether a same-sex couple has the RIGHT to marry and whether the state they live in must recognize their marriage from another state. The Court’s ruling will not likely be released before June but the questions that the Judges ask will often give clues as to what they will do. This, and the opportunity to bear witness to history being made, is a compelling reason to wait in line for four days for some.
— Mark Sherman (@shermancourt) April 24, 2015
The Court has issued rulings in the past that opened the door for same-sex couples to marry in many states but the Justices did not address the issue of the fundamental right to marry at the time. But when the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of the same-sex marriage bans in four states (Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, and Tennessee), the Supreme Court was forced to take up the issue. When there are competing/contradicting Appeals Court rulings, the Supreme Court must step in to decide which one is right. The Justices will hear arguments on two specific questions:
1) Does the Fourteenth Amendment require a state to license a marriage between two people of the same sex? 2) 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?
With such significant questions to be answered, this is a case that is being followed closely by both sides of the argument. Then Attorney General, Eric Holder, issued a statement saying, in part:
…we expect to file a ‘friend of the court’ brief in these cases that will urge the Supreme Court to make marriage equality a reality for all Americans. It is time for our nation to take another critical step forward to ensure the fundamental equality of all Americans—no matter who they are, where they come from, or whom they love.
Those against marriage equality are not only watching this case, they are also increasing their rhetoric about the consequences if the Court rules against them. They are warning of revolts, leading to revolutions and civil war over this issue. No one expects them to go down without a fight on this issue but even they don’t think they are going to win so they are increasing the pressure and the fear tactics to rile up their base.
With so much at stake, is it any wonder that so many people are willing to line up four days early to hope for a chance to be a part of the process, even if only as a witness?[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4wJVXPMeMKk]
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