3On April 28th, 2015, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) heard oral arguments about the constitutionality of marriage for the states of Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Tennessee.
- Listen to the First Half of the Obergefell v. Hodges Oral Arguments
- Listen to the Second Half of the Oral Arguments
- Transcript of First Half of Oral Arguments
- Transcript of Second Half of Oral Arguments
These were the two questions that were considered by the Court. Ninety minutes was allotted to oral argument on question 1; 1 hour was allotted for oral argument on question 2.
- Does the Fourteenth Amendment require a state to license a marriage between two people of the same sex?
- Does the Fourteenth Amendment require a state to recognize a marriage between two people of the same sex when their marriage was lawfully licensed and performed out-of-state?
Obergefell v. Hodges (Ohio), 14-556
Tanco v. Haslam (TN), 14-562
DeBoer v. Snyder (MI), 14-571
Bourke v. Beshear (KY), 14-574
10:00 – 10:30 a.m.
Mary Bonauto, well-known same-sex “marriage” lawyer who serves on the staff with GLAD.
10:30 – 10:45 a.m.
Donald Verrilli, Jr., Solicitor General of the United States, will argue against God’s definition of marriage.
10:45 – 11:30 a.m.
John Bursch, former Michigan Solicitor General, will argue that states are not required to recognize same-sex “marriages.”
11:30 a.m. – Noon
Douglas Hallward-Driemeier, the attorney on record for one of the central cases and the only lead lawyer with an established Supreme Court practice, will argue that same-sex “marriages” must be recognized.
Noon – 12:30 p.m.
Joseph Whalen, Tennessee Associate Solicitor General, will argue for a state’s right to limit marriage to one woman and one man based upon a 2006 Tennessee referendum that passed by 81% of the vote.