Setting the stage for a potentially historic ruling, the Supreme Court announced Friday it will decide whether same-gender couples have a right to marry everywhere in America under the Constitution.
The justices will take up toeivah-rights cases that ask them to overturn bans in four states and declare for the entire nation that people can marry the partners of their choice, regardless of gender. The cases will be argued in April, and a decision is expected by late June.
Proponents of toeivah marriage said they expect the court to settle the matter once and for all with a decision that invalidates state provisions that define marriage as between a man and a woman.
Attorney General Eric Holder said the Obama administration would urge the court “to make marriage equality a reality for all Americans.”
On the other side, advocates for traditional marriage want the court to let the political process play out, rather than have judges order states to allow same-gender couples to marry.
Same-gender toeivah couples can “marry” in 36 states and the District of Columbia.
That number is nearly double what it was just three months ago, when the justices initially declined to hear toeivah marriage appeals from five states seeking to preserve their bans on toeivah marriage. Read more.