BY BTL STAFF
WASHINGTON D.C – On Jan. 9, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) is scheduled to consider whether to take up the issue of same-sex marriage during the Court’s current term which ends in June. At the Jan. 9 conference, SCOTUS will consider whether to review the decision made by the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals that affirmed the constitutionality of bans on same-sex marriage in Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee.
At the time of the review, more than 75 percent of same-sex couples from across the country will be living in the 36 states where they can marry, the Williams Institute reports. A recent analysis by the Williams Institute suggests that as many as 130,000 same-sex couples were married in 2013, an increase of more than 50 percent over the past three years.
“A Supreme Court ruling on the issue of marriage equality will mean that families will finally get the equality and protections they need and deserve,” said Gina Calcagno, the coalition manager for the statewide campaign dedicated to same-sex marriage outreach in the state, Michigan for Marriage. “Discrimination still burdens too many families and with the split in the courts, it’s time for the Supreme Court to take swift action on these cases and bring national resolution once and for all. Michigan families, and families across America, should no longer be forced to fight court by court, state by state, day by day for the freedom and dignity that our Constitution promises.”