The Latest on the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on marriage equality
The Latest News and Events for Monday, August 10, 2019 12:30 PM ET U.S.”s highest court ruled Monday that same-sex couples in all 50 states and the District of Columbia can marry, sending the issue back to the states for more litigation.
The court issued the order in a 5-4 decision, with the majority of justices in the conservative bloc, including Chief Justice John Roberts, and Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas dissenting.
The ruling came in a lawsuit filed by two states, Oklahoma and Mississippi, to block the federal government from recognizing their marriages.
The states had argued that the Supreme Court decision legalizing same-dealing between married couples in 1967 and the U.,D.C., case, in 1996, should be applied retroactively to the current case, which was brought against the federal Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA, in 2012.
The issue has been before the court for years and was the subject of the most heated rhetoric on the campaign trail last year.
The issue came up in a debate between Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, who both called DOMA unconstitutional.
The Supreme Court on Monday said it will take up the case.
A lawyer for the states argued in court that the U.-D.M.A. ruling is invalid because it does not address the constitutionality of the federal law and that states cannot nullify it.
In the Supreme, Chief Justice Roberts said that the plaintiffs, Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt and Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood, are trying to invalidate the federal DOMA law through a political stunt that is un-American and contrary to the U-D.V.
The decision comes as President Donald Trump’s administration and his Republican allies seek to defend the federal gay marriage ban.
The justices’ decision could also affect federal agencies and even state agencies that have to comply with the Supreme court’s order.
In a statement, the Trump administration said it would review the ruling and would look to appeal it to the Supreme.
The Supreme Court has traditionally been more conservative on gay rights.