5 marriage cases distributed for Supreme Court’s January 9 conference

On January 9, the United States Supreme Court will consider petitions on the freedom to marry from 5 marriage states - Tennessee, Louisiana, Ohio, Michigan, and Kentucky - who are seeking certiorari this term.

The petitions distributed today were for the cases DeBoer v. Snyder, Bourke v. Beshear, Obergefell v. Wymyslo, and Tanco v. Haslam. These cases will join the Louisiana marriage case Robicheaux v. George, which has also been distributed for the January 9 conference. You can read about each of these petitions and the cases at our Supreme Court hub.

The January 9 conference is the Supreme Court's first chance to consider these five petitions seeking certiorari. After the January 9 conference, the Court will announce if it will grant certiorari in the case, meaning it has agreed to hear oral arguments and likely offer judgment. If the Court makes no mention of the marriage cases after the conference, the cases will likely be relisted for consideration at a future conference. The subsequent conferences this winter will be held on January 16 and January 23. 

It is more important than ever that the nation's highest court take up a marriage case and end marriage discrimination - every day that same-sex couples are denied, real American families are hurt, and the only way to end this unfair treatment is for the Supreme Court to act.

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