Marriage cases will be considered at first SCOTUS conference on 9/29
September 10, 2014
Today, September 10, 7 different petitions seeking certiorari in marriage cases from 5 states were distributed for the September 29 conference at the United States Supreme Court.
The September 29 conference is the Supreme Court's first conference back before it officially kicks off the 2014-2015 term and is its first chance to consider the dozens of petitions seeking certiorari that have been submitted in the Court's summer recess. Among the cases that will be before the Court on September 29 are all 7 petitions that have been filed so far in 5 different marriage cases - Utah's Kitchen v. Herbert, Oklahoma's Bishop v. Smith, Virginia's Bostic v. Rainey, Indiana's Baskin v. Bogan, and Wisconsin's Wolf v. Walker. Over the past month, defendants have filed their petitions seeking Supreme Court review, and in each case, the winning plaintiffs have all agreed that it's time for the Supreme Court to take their case and resolve the question of whether denying the freedom to marry to same-sex couples is unconstitutional.
Follow the dockets in each of the petitions here:
- Utah: Herbert v. Kitchen (14-124)
- Oklahoma: Smith v. Bishop (14-136)
- Virginia: Rainey v. Bostic (14-153; 14-225; 14-251)
- Indiana: Bogan v. Baskin (14-277)
- Wisconsin: Walker v. Wolf (14-278)
In addition to agreement from the plaintiffs and defendants in the cases, dozens of other parties have filed or joined in to amici (friend-of-the-court) briefs urging the Court that the time is now to hear a case on the freedom to marry, including businesses, family organizations (including Freedom to Marry), and representatives from 32 different states.
After the September 29 conference, the Court will announce which cases it has granted certiorari, 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 fall will be held on October 10, October 17, October 31, November 7, November 14, November 25, December 5, and December 12.
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.