The US Supreme Court will consider bans on gay marriage currently in place in five states, at a conference on 29 September.
The bans in Virginia, Indiana, Oklahoma, Utah and Wisconsin will all be examined, in order to establish or reject the constitutionality of prohibitions.
Federal courts have overturned several state-level gay marriage bans during 2014. Under pressure to deliver a national judgement, the Supreme Court is expected to rule absolutely on the laws, though the Justices may decide to postpone a definitive verdict.
Steve Sanders is a law professor at Indiana University. He told the Associated Press:“…sometimes, on a big issue like this, the Supreme Court prefers to wait, and let the issue percolate in the lower courts for a little while.”
In 2013, the Supreme Court declared that the “Defense of Marriage Act” was unconstitutional in a landmark judgement which paved the way for future gay marriage reform.
Since then, the US Circuit Court of Appeals, one level below the Supreme Court, has revoked over a dozen state bans and the 9th Circuit is currently judging bans in Nevada, Hawaii and Idaho.
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