New York – Today the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati heard oral arguments in marriage cases out of Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Tennessee, seeking both the full freedom to marry and in-state respect for legal marriages of same-sex couples.
Marc Solomon, national campaign director of Freedom to Marry, released the following statement:
“After hearing the powerful stories of families from across the heartland, these judges should now understand clearly why the denial of marriage is both unjust and unconstitutional. This panel of judges should do what 36 other courts have done to date and strike down these marriage bans. ”
Of the six district court rulings that were appealed today, three were made by Republican-appointed judges and three by Democratic-appointed judges. The 6th Circuit panel includes two judges appointed by Republicans and one by a Democrat, the same composition as the 10th Circuit panel which found the Utah and Oklahoma marriage bans unconstitutional.
Freedom to Marry is the campaign to win marriage nationwide. We are pursuing our Roadmap to Victory by working to win the freedom to marry in more states, grow the national majority for marriage, and end federal marriage discrimination. We partner with individuals and organizations across the country to end the exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage and the protections, responsibilities, and commitment that marriage brings.
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