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First Supreme Court briefs filed in same-sex marriage cases

Photo: U.S. Supreme Court. Credit: Ian Koski/flickr.

Photo: U.S. Supreme Court. Credit: Ian Koski/flickr.

Same-sex couples from four states filed briefs with the U.S. Supreme Court Friday arguing for state bans on marriage equality be struck down.

Briefs were filed by plaintiffs in marriage-equality cases out of Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee, meeting the deadline set by the Supreme Court.

In the Kentucky and Michigan cases, attorneys for the same-sex couples argued bans on same-sex marriage are unconstitutional. Attorneys in the Kentucky, Ohio and Tennessee cases also argued bans on recognizing legal same-sex marriages performed in other jurisdictions are unconstitutional.

The Supreme Court announced last month that they would consider cases from those four states and rule on whether the U.S. Constitution prohibits states from banning same-sex marriage.

In November, the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld same-sex marriages bans in the four states, breaking with other federal appeals courts that have considered the issue and creating a split among the circuit courts.

The deadline for briefs from the states defending the marriage bans in March 27.

Read the briefs here, via Equality Case Files:

DeBoer v. Snyder (Michigan) 

Obergefell v. Hodges (Ohio) 

Tanco v.Haslam (Tennessee)

Bourke v. Beshear (Kentucky)

Justin Snow is Metro Weekly's former political editor and White House correspondent. Follow him on Twitter @JustinCSnow.

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