Federal Appeals Court In Cincinnati To Hear Four States’ Marriage Cases In August

The 6th Circuit Court of Appeals is hearing cases from Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Tennessee on Aug. 6.

Mary Black (left) and her wife Sarah Weinstein hug after being married by Oakland County Clerk Lisa Brown at the Oakland County Courthouse on March 22. Rebecca Cook / Reuters

The 6th Circuit Court of Appeals is ready to move forward on marriage cases pending before the court from Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Tennessee.

On Monday, the court announced that oral arguments in all of the cases — challenges to bans on same-sex couples’ marriages or recognition of those marriages in each state in the circuit — are set for 1 p.m. Aug. 6 in Cincinnati:

The court announced it would hear 30 minutes of arguments from each side in the Michigan marriage case:

And 30 minutes per side for the Ohio death certificate and marriage recognition cases:

But the Ohio arguments will not include Equality Ohio and four couples, who were represented by Roberta Kaplan and had tried to intervene in the case, as their request was denied on Monday:

The arguments in the 6th Circuit will be the third federal appeals court to hear marriage arguments since last June’s Supreme Court decision striking down the federal Defense of Marriage Act.

The 10th Circuit heard appeals from Utah and Oklahoma in April, and the 4th Circuit heard Virginia’s appeal in May. The 9th Circuit is due to hear appeals from Nevada and Idaho in September. Via buzzfeed.com

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Chris Geidner is the legal editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in Washington, D.C. In 2014, Geidner won the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association award for journalist of the year.
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