Gay mar­riage ar­gu­ments flood­ing fed­eral courts

The Covington News - - THE WIRE -

CINCIN­NATI (AP) — Fed­eral ap­peals courts cov­er­ing nearly half the United States will soon hear ar­gu­ments on whether gay and les­bian cou­ples have a right to marry, part of a slew of cases putting pres­sure on the U.S. Supreme Court to is­sue a fi­nal ver­dict.

If the ap­peals courts con­tinue the un­bro­ken eight­month streak of rul­ings in fa­vor of gay mar­riage, that could make it eas­ier for the na­tion’s high­est court to come down on the side of sup­port­ers.

If even one rul­ing goes against them in the four courts tak­ing up the is­sue in the com­ing weeks, it would cre­ate a di­vide that the Supreme Court also could find dif­fi­cult to re­sist set­tling.

“We’re go­ing to be rack­ing up more courts of ap­peals de­ci­sions, and ev­ery one we get puts more pres­sure on the Supreme Court to weigh in,” said Dou­glas Ne­Jaime, a law pro­fes­sor at the Univer­sity of Cal­i­for­nia-Irvine.

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