Things To Know About the Supreme Court Marriage Equality Case

The Supreme Court will soon rule on Obergefell v. Hodges, a case that challenges the constitutionality of state gay marriage bans.
If the Supreme Court rules in favor of the plaintiffs, it could essentially require every state in the nation to allow same-sex couples to marry.
The legal principle which the Court will scrutinize is the 14th amendment, and whether marriage equality ought be protected by it federally.
The 14th amendment, ratified during 1868, forbids States from denying the citizenry the right to life, liberty, and property without the due process of law.
The Supreme Court will examine whether States are obliged to provide a marriage license for same-sex couples and if States are obliged to recognize lawful marriages performed out-of-state.
That may sound simple, but the case has more than two dozen plaintiffs from four states.