High Court agrees to review all four Sixth Circuit marriages cases encompassing Ohio, Kentucky, Michigan and Tennessee which upheld the right for the people of a state to define marriage as the union of a man and a woman.

Today (Friday, January 16, 2015) the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) announced it would take up a historic same-sex marriage case on whether states have a right to define marriage.  According to the official SCOTUS Blog:  “The Court said it would rule on the power of the states to ban same-sex marriages and to refuse to recognize such marriages performed in another state. A total of two-and-a-half hours was allocated for the hearings, likely in the April sitting.  A final ruling is expected by early next summer, probably in late June.”

Florida Family Policy Council President John Stemberger issued the following statement in response to the announcement:

“The issue is still very much an open question until the United States Supreme Court weighs in and determines whether states have a right to define marriage.  It is very possible a five vote majority exists in favor of state’s rights and a decision of this nature would immediately reinvigorate the authority and enforceability of the Florida marriage amendment passed by just under five million voters.  People should have the right to vote on defining marriage and we are very hopeful the high court will uphold that right.”

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