Today is the day!
Today, this moment — this moment is the moment for which April DeBoer & Jayne Rowse (and the dozens, hundreds, nay thousands of families just like theirs in Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, and around the country) have waited. As we are seated in the hallowed halls of the Supreme Court of the United States, arguments have begun.
In the case of Obergefell v. Hodges:
The argument is bifurcated.
Mary L. Bonauto, a prominent gay rights advocate who was instrumental in establishing a right to same-sex marriage in Massachusetts, will first take the podium to present before the nine Justices the plaintiffs’ stance on the core question of whether states must issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Then will appear Solicitor General Donald B. Verrilli Jr., representing the Obama administration, before Joseph Whalen comes to defend the same-sex marriage bans in place in the Sixth Circuit.
Later, Douglas Hallward-Driemeier — a former assistant United States solicitor general — will take to the floor to argue for the position that states must recognize legal same-sex marriages performed elsewhere. Joseph Whalen will again argue this point for the defendant.
In all, the arguments will last two-and-a-half hours.
A decision can be expected in June.