The Daily Fix: Supreme Court to Make Historic Decision on Gay Marriage
It’s set to hear cases requesting to overturn bans in Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, and Tennessee and declare marriage rights for gay couples across the nation. The court will hear two and half hours of oral arguments in April, reported The Washington Post, and it’s expected to arrive at a decision by the end of June.
Attorney General Eric Holder said the Obama administration will urge the Supreme Court to uphold marriage equality.
“It is time for our nation to take another critical step forward to ensure the fundamental equality of all Americans—no matter who they are, where they come from, or whom they love,” Holder said in a statement on Friday.
One of the plaintiffs, 48-year-old Jim Obergefell from Ohio, cried “tears of joy and sadness” when he learned that the court will hear his appeal, reported The Associated Press. Obergefell and his dying partner, John Arthur, travelled to Maryland in 2013 so they could get married. They filed a lawsuit to force Ohio to recognize their marriage on Arthur’s death certificate, which would allow the couple to be buried together in a family plot.
“I can’t wait to walk up those steps and have the Supreme Court understand that we’re just like everyone else,” said Obergefell.
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Academy Reacts to Criticism: Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Cheryl Boone Isaacs, the organization’s first African American president, responded to the outrage incited by the lack of diversity at this year’s Oscar nominations. “Personally, I would love to see and look forward to see a greater cultural diversity among all our nominees in all of our categories,” she told the AP. (via The Associated Press)
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