The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday,
January 9 will consider whether to hear appeals in cases challenging
gay marriage bans in five states.
National Center for Lesbian Rights
(NCLR) spokesperson Erik Olvera told BuzzFeed
News on Monday that the petitions will be considered at the
court's January 9 conference.
NCLR is representing plaintiffs
challenging Tennessee's ban.
Plaintiffs challenging bans in
Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee had their lower court
victories overturned by the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in
Cincinnati, while a federal judge upheld Louisiana's ban.
The Sixth Circuit decisions were the
first among appellate courts to rule that state marriage bans are
Many analysts believe that while the
justices have previously denied similar petition requests from other
states, the Sixth Circuit's split compels them to consider one,
several or all of the cases currently before them.
If accepted, arguments would be heard
in the spring, with a ruling expected in June.