Supreme Court Hearing Same-Sex Marriage Cases

February 3, 2015

Employee Benefit & HR News

The U.S. Supreme Court recently announced it will hear cases in a possibly historic ruling on whether same-sex couples can marry across the entire United States under the Constitution.

As of the publishing of this article, same-sex couples are allowed to marry in 37 states and the District of Columbia. Roughly two-thirds of these states have had the ban on same-sex marriage declared unconstitutional through judicial action vs. approving through legislative action.  Rulings are pending appeal in several other states including Missouri. Same-sex couples in the state of Missouri at the present time can only marry in St. Louis and Kansas City pending the appeal process.

The Supreme Court will hear cases relative to overturning bans in the states of Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee. The time normally allotted for arguments will be expanded from one hour to 2 ½ hours.

The justices will consider two questions. One question being whether or not the U.S. Constitution requires a state to issue a marriage license to a same-sex couple. The second being whether or not a state must recognize a same-sex marriage performed in another state or jurisdiction.

Arguments will be made in April with a decision expected in the latter part of June.

We will continue to monitor and report as the situation develops.

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