Today the nine Supreme Court Justices met privately to discuss whether or not they should take up cases that challenge state same-sex marriage bans.
Right now a total of seven cases challenging state bans on same-sex marriage are pending in the states of Indiana, Wisconsin, Virginia, Utah and Oklahoma.
And this time around the potential outcome could be the greatest yet, because should the nine Supreme Court Justices decide to take up the question of whether states are allowed to ban gay and lesbians to get married, their ruling could be applied to all the states, which ban same-sex marriage. Georgia, along with 30 other U.S. states, is among the states that still ban same-sex marriage.
So, potentially the decision to take up this question and the ensuing ruling (should it deem marriage bans not allowed) in the current seven cases, could mean that bans on same-sex marriage wouldn’t be allowed in any state on a federal level. And that’s a pretty big deal! For Georgia it could be a kind of ‘win by default’ because technically (and legally) the state ban on same-sex marriage would be dissolved.
But don’t start hearing those distant wedding bells just yet, because the meeting was held under private circumstances and the Supreme Court doesn’t reconvene officially until next week. When back in session the justices must vote on whether or not to take up the cases and if four or more justices vote for a case, it will be heard. The fact that the justices met before actually commencing their new term goes to show that they want to be up to speed on the issue and want to be able to make the right move when the decision is made.
There’s no denying that this issue is of great importance to the Supreme Court being one of the first to be taken into consideration in the new term – so even though we’re not quite there yet, here’s hoping that this will be a step in the right direction to end bans on same-sex marriage all together.
Source: Queerty, Pink News