January 9, 2015 looks to be the day that the US Supreme Court will consider taking up a review of the Michigan same-sex marriage ruling.
Last month, the 6th Circuit became the first appeals court to uphold state-level bans on same-sex marriage. The 6th upheld marriage equality bans in Michigan, Ohio, Tennessee, and Kentucky.
Michigan is considered an especially appropriate case to take to SCOTUS for several reasons:
• There was an actual trial for the legal challenge as opposed to a ruling based purely on a judge’s review of briefs filed
• The Michigan case includes not only recognition of marriages performed in other states, but seeks to overturn Michigan’s own ban on same-sex marriage
• The Michigan plaintiffs are raising children – a big component in the marriage equality debate
Hopefully, SCOTUS will take this important case up for review in this session. Otherwise, LGBT families would have to wait another year for marriage equality.