U.S. Supreme Court to hear same-sex marriage arguments Tuesday

RICHMOND, Va. (WAVY) — The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to hear arguments Tuesday in Obergefell vs Hodges, better known as the marriage equality case.

Long lines started to form outside the U.S. Supreme Court building Monday. The panel of justices will hear two questions regarding the topic.

  • First: Do states have the obligation to perform same-sex marriages?
  • Second: Will states be required to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states?

If the court sides with gay marriage, then the second argument will be irrelevant.

Virginia has been a key player in the national fight for same-sex marriage. In fact, Attorney General Mark Herring told 10 On Your Side he plans to attend Tuesday’s oral arguments in Washington, D.C.

“I’m proud to have played a part in fighting for equality and advancing a key civil rights issue here in Virginia, and I’m excited to hear the oral arguments tomorrow,” He said. “I’m optimistic that in just a few months marriage equality will be the law of the land, and Virginia’s position will be upheld.”

Herring said that more than 15,000 same-sex couples have married in Virginia since last year. Right now, 37 of the 50 states allow same-sex marriage. Justices are expected to issue their ruling later this summer.

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