Freedom to Marry at the Supreme Court
FAQ About the Supreme Court’s Marriage Ruling
Congratulations! It is an amazing time in our nation’s history! The American Civil Liberties Union, Freedom to Marry, Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders, Human Rights Campaign, Lambda Legal, and National Center for Lesbian Rights created a website to answer all your questions in the wake of the Supreme Court’s marriage ruling. Check it out.
The Supreme Court consolidated six cases from four states on the issue of marriage equality. The ACLU represented clients in Kentucky and Ohio.
Making History with my Two Dads
Tevin Johnson-Campion, whose two dads are plaintiffs in a freedom to marry case going before the Supreme Court, teamed up with the ACLU to blog about his family's journey.
The case in Kentucky, Bourke v. Beshear, was a federal court challenge to Kentucky's constitutional ban on marriage for same-sex couples, filed by attorneys at Clay Daniel Walton & Adams and Fauver Law Office on July 26, 2013, in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky. The plaintiffs were four same-sex couples seeking state recognition of their out-of-state marriages.
The case from Ohio, Obergefell v. Hodges, presented the question of whether the Fourteenth Amendment required a state to recognize a same-sex marriage validly licensed by another state. The ACLU was co-counsel for the plaintiffs in one of the two Ohio cases.
Listen to the Supreme Court arguments here: