The justices turned down Louisiana same-sex couples’ request to skip over the appeals court and take their case directly, but they had no word on the cases out of the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals. [Update: Justices will consider again on Friday whether to hear Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and/or Tennessee marriage cases.]
“We were married, not married, married, not married,” Sophy Jesty says of her fight to force Tennessee to recognize her marriage to Val Tanco. “Right now, our family remains legally divided.”
Update: Couples from the Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Tennessee marriage cases all will be seeking Supreme Court review. BuzzFeed News talks with the lawyers for the same-sex couples in all four states’ cases.
6th Circuit Court of Appeals splits with other federal appeals courts, upholding Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Tennessee’s bans. The decision sets up a likely Supreme Court showdown over the issue.
Cases challenging bans in Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Tennessee likely will come down to Judge Jeffrey Sutton’s vote. The 6th Circuit Court of Appeals, on which Sutton sits, heard the cases Wednesday.
As of now, Tennessee officials must recognize three same-sex couples’ marriages.
Judge issues preliminary injunction in case over state’s recognition of same-sex couples’ marriages performed out of state.