Thursday, July 31, 2014

Tennessee Marriage Equality Case to Be Heard in Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals

Posted By on Thu, Jul 31, 2014 at 9:47 AM

Ijpe DeKoe and Thom Kostura
  • Ijpe DeKoe and Thom Kostura

The largest number of marriage equality cases to be heard in a single day will include a case from Tennessee and will be taken up by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit on August 6th.

Other cases heard that day will include two cases from Kentucky, one from Michigan, and two from Ohio. The Tennessee case is Tanco Vs. Haslam, which seeks to recognize the same-sex marriages of three couples from Tennessee. One of those couples — Ijpe DeKoe and Thom Kostura — is from Memphis (read more about their story here).

This will be the fourth argument to be heard by a federal circuit court since the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) last summer. Since that decision last June, every court that has considered marriage equality cases has ruled in favor of freedom to marry for same-sex couples. Those courts include federal and state courts in Utah, Ohio, Colorado, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Kentucky, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and Wisconsin.

Oral arguments will begin at 1 p.m. (Eastern time) at the Potter Stewart Courthouse in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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