Love Wins: Marriage Equality in Every State
Ohio’s Jim Obergefell Goes National
On November 14, 2014, the legal team of ACLU of Ohio, national ACLU, and private firm Gerhardstein & Branch asked the U.S. Supreme Court to take up Ohio’s same-sex marriage recognition cases Obergefell v. Hodges and Henry v. Hodges. Looking retrospectively at the justice’s opinions in Obergefell, many lessons can be learned about marriage equality.
U.S. Supreme Court Grants Review of Federal Appeals
In January 2015, The U.S. Supreme Court granted review of a federal appeals court ruling that upheld bans in four states on the freedom to marry and recognition of marriages of same-sex couples legally performed in other states. The Court granted review of petitions from all four states – Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Tennessee. This announcement sets the stage for final resolution of the debate about marriage equality for same-sex couples nationwide.
On June 26, 2015, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that state bans against same-sex marriage couples are unconstitutional.
Counties Expected to Issue Licenses
Nearly all Ohio probate courts have indicated their readiness to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, with the exception of Belmont, Darke, Highland, Morgan and Scioto counties. Please note that the Supreme Court of Ohio issued an order to lower courts to view family terms as gender neutral in an effort to streamline the implementation of the U.S. Supreme Court’s marriage equality decision.