Tag Archives: Same-Sex Marriage

Action Through Inaction: The Supreme Court’s Declination to Hear Recent Same-sex Marriage Appeals

BY CLAIRE HOWE — At the beginning of its October 2014 term, the Supreme Court released orders declining to review seven petitions based on state laws that banned same-sex marriage in five states. The states directly affected include Indiana, Oklahoma, Wisconsin, Utah, and Virginia. In declining to hear the cases, the Supreme Court effectively affirmed […]

Brenner v. Scott: Will the Eleventh Circuit Rule for Marriage Equality or Not?

BY ALIX COHEN — On August 21, 2014, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida declared Florida’s same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional in Brenner v. Scott. Now, three Florida officials are appealing the case to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. The Eleventh Circuit should affirm Brenner’s holding because Florida’s […]

The Constitution Versus the People: Legal Challenges to State Same-Sex Marriage Bans

BY ADAM HOOCK — On December 20, 2013, Judge Robert J. Shelby of the United States District Court for the District of Utah shocked the country when he issued an order in Kitchen v. Herbert declaring Utah’s statutory and state constitutional bans on same-sex marriage as unconstitutional under the Fourteenth Amendment of the Constitution. In […]