John M. Becker

32 States Ask SCOTUS to Rule on Marriage Equality

Filed By John M. Becker | September 05, 2014 9:30 AM | comments

Filed in: Marriage Equality, Politics
Tags: amicus brief, gay marriage, marriage discrimination, marriage equality, same-sex marriage, SCOTUS, Supreme Court

marriage-equality-map-sept14-wikipedia.pngYesterday, on the heels of the Judge Richard Posner's brilliant pro-marriage equality ruling out of the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals, attorneys general from 32 states -- three out of every five states in the country -- filed two separate briefs with the U.S. Supreme Court urging the justices to rule on same-sex marriage.

The AP reports:

Fifteen states that allow gay marriage, led by Massachusetts, filed a brief asking the justices to take up three cases from Virginia, Utah and Oklahoma and overturn bans. And 17 other states, led by Colorado, that have banned the practice asked the court to hear cases from Utah and Oklahoma to clear up a "morass" of lawsuits, but didn't urge the court to rule one way or another.

Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley wrote that the experience of her state -- the first to legalize the freedom to marry -- proves that marriage equality strengthens the institution of marriage and helps families. Signing on to Massachusetts's brief were the marriage equality states of California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Vermont, and Washington.

Colorado's brief, which was joined by Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Georgia, Idaho, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, West Virginia and Wisconsin, says that only the Supreme Court can resolve the question of marriage equality. It also claims, according to the AP, that "without a Supreme Court decision, states defending bans could be liable for huge legal bills from future lawsuits if they are overturned."

Copies of both briefs are after the break, via Equality Case Files.

Massachuetts et al Amicus Brief by Equality Case Files

Colorado et al Amicus Brief by Equality Case Files

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