The big day for marriage equality in the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals has ended.
Six cases from four states looking for marriage equality – Michigan, Tennessee, Kentucky, and Ohio.
Freedom To Marry has posted the oral arguments from all of the cases. If you’ve never listened to lawyers present their cases and answer questions by the judges, it can be pretty fascinating. Plus, you might get a sense of which side the rulings will come down on. Although, law experts always make a point of saying you can’t really tell what the ruling will be based on the questions the judges ask. Sometimes, they are just playing “devil’s advocate” to see where it takes them.
Chris Geidner, legal editor for Buzzfeed, seemed to think Judge Daughtrey seemed most sympathetic to the good guys; Judge Cook, who apparently spoke the least seemed to favor the bad guys; and so it will most probably fall on Judge Sutton, who was not an easy read.
Chris Johnson of the Washington Blade wrote:
Based on their line of questioning, two judges — U.S. Circuit Judge Martha Craig Daughtry and U.S. Circuit Judge Jeffrey Sutton — seemed prepared to rule against bans on same-sex marriage. U.S. Circuit Judge Deborah Cook was relatively quiet, but appeared poised to rule in favor of the laws. Similar to other federal appeals court rulings, the panel seemed headed to make a 2-1 decision in favor of marriage equality.
Listen to the oral arguments below and see what you think:
Michigan: DeBoer v. Snyder
Tennessee:Tanco v. Haslam
Kentucky: Bourke v. Beshear and Love v. Beshear
Ohio: Obergefell v. Wymyslo and Henry v. Himes
And now, we wait. Experts say it could take several weeks to get the rulings.