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The Supreme Court must answer the door and rule in favor of marriage equality

As of Tuesday afternoon, September 9, 2014, 7 petitions for writ of certiorari, or requests for review, have been filed with the United States Supreme Court in 5 separate marriage equality cases around the country.

On Tuesday morning, lawyers for the states of Wisconsin and Indiana filed their formal petitions with the high court appealing Monday’s ruling from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit which ruled the states’ marriage bans unconstitutional. Those cases join AFER’s Virginia Bostic case as well as cases from Utah and Oklahoma which are now all ready to be considered for review at the justices’ first private conference on September 29, 2014.

The Supreme Court must grant review of the marriage equality question so that loving same-sex couples across the country may be extended the promise of freedom and equality enshrined in the Constitution of the United States.

The Justices will hold a series of private conferences throughout the next term to determine which cases they will hear. With 7 petitions for review before the court, and many more expected to arrive, it is evident that national resolution must be reached on the freedom to marry.

The Supreme Court has the option to grant multiple marriage cases, grant only one, delay consideration of any cases, or deny all of them.

Each of the 5 cases before the high court have garnered marriage equality victories for their respective state, yet the plaintiffs of each case agree the Supreme Court must review the merits of their arguments and answer the question of marriage equality once and for all.