Marriage Litigation

In states across the country, same-sex couples are filing lawsuits seeking the freedom to marry. Freedom to Marry's national strategy has always been to win a final victory at the U.S. Supreme Court. While we work to create the climate for the Court to rule in favor of marriage, here is a comprehensive look at marriage litigation underway in the states:

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TOTAL NUMBER OF LAWSUITS: 65 CASES IN 31 STATES/TERRITORIES

KEY UPCOMING DATES:

4/23 Oral Arguments in Geiger v. Kitzhaber (OR) 5/15 Oral Arguments in Palladino v. Corbett (PA)
5/1 Ruling Expected in Wright v. Arkansas (AR) 6/26 Oral Arguments in Robicheaux v. Caldwell (LA)
5/12 All Briefs Due in Whitewood v. Wolf (PA) 8/25 Trial Begins in Walker v. Wolf (WI)
5/13 Oral Arguments in Bostic v. Schaefer (VA)

States with Cases In Federal Appeals Court

  • Kentucky

    Litigation in Kentucky

    A RULING in a federal lawsuit declared that Kentucky must respect out-of-state marriages. A separate lawsuit has been filed in state court seeking the freedom to marry. Read More >

  • Michigan

    Litigation in Michigan

    On March 21, a judge ruled in favor of the freedom to marry in Michigan! The ruling is being appealed to the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals, and a separate suit seeks respect for 300 marriage licenses issued by the state. Read More >

  • Nevada

    Litigation in Nevada

    The Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund filed a federal lawsuit seeking the freedom to marry for 8 same-sex couples in Nevada. Read More >

  • Ohio

    Litigation in Ohio

    A challenge to Ohio's ban on same-sex couples being listed on death certificates will be heard by the 6th District Court of Appeals. Another seeks recognition on birth certificates. Read More >

  • Oklahoma

    Litigation in Oklahoma

    A RULING in a federal lawsuit declared that OK's ban on marriage for same-sex couples is unconstitutional! An appeal hearing is set for April 17. Read More >

  • Tennessee

    Litigation in Tennessee

    NCLR has filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of same-sex couples in Tennessee seeking respect for their legal marriages. Read More >

  • Texas

    Litigation in Texas

    A RULING in a federal lawsuit declared that anti-marriage laws in Texas are unconstitutional. Other cases are also currently pending, including 2 marriage cases and 2 divorce cases. Read More >

  • Utah

    Litigation in Utah

    A challenge to Utah's ban on same-sex couples marrying will now be heard by the 10th District Court of Appeals. Another seeks recognition for 1,000+ married couples. Read More >

  • Virginia

    Litigation in Virginia

    A RULING in a federal lawsuit declared that anti-marriage laws in Virginia are unconstitutional. Arguments have been heard in another case, a federal class action lawsuit. Read More >

States with Cases In Lower Courts

States with Completed Litigation