Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has
asked the Supreme Court to uphold an appeals court's ruling that
found Ohio's gay marriage ban to be constitutional.
Last month, the Sixth Circuit Court of
Appeals in Cincinnati created a split among federal appellate courts
when it upheld bans in Michigan, Kentucky, Ohio and Tennessee.
Plaintiffs in each case have asked the Supreme Court to reverse the
Plaintiffs in cases from Ohio and
Tennessee are asking for their out-of-state marriages to be
recognized on the state level, while plaintiff couples in cases from
Michigan and Kentucky want to marry in their home state.
On Friday, DeWine asked the justices to
accept one or several of the cases currently under consideration. (A
fifth case from Louisiana is considered a long shot for Supreme Court
review because an appeals court has yet to consider an appeal.)
“The country deserves a nationwide
answer to the question – one way or the other,” DeWine, a
Republican, wrote in his 34-page
filing. “For its part, Ohio asks the Court to answer the legal
question in favor of a dynamic view that permits the democratic
debate over proper policy to continue now and going forward, rather
than a wooden view that takes that policy question out of the hands
of this generation and all future generations.”
“The Court should review a case (like
the Michigan or Kentucky cases) involving whether the Fourteenth
Amendment requires a State to license same-sex marriage within its
borders. And it should review a case (like the Ohio cases) involving
whether the Fourteenth Amendment requires a State to recognize
out-of-state, same-sex marriages,” he added.
(Document provided by Equality