Request to hear Ohio gay marriage case sent to Supreme Court

Nov 14, 2014

A man prays outside the federal court house in Cincinnati earlier this year while attorneys argued same-sex marriage bans inside.
Credit Tana Weingartner / WVXU

Attorneys for two of the plaintiffs in Ohio's same-sex marriage court battle are officially asking the U.S. Supreme Court to take up the issue.

Last week, a 6th Circuit appeals panel upheld lower court rulings related to same-sex marriage bans in Ohio and three other states.

Attorney Al Gerhardstein argues there's now sufficient cause for the high court to hear the case despite its decision not to hear a gay marriage ban case earlier this year..

“We now have a split in the circuits,” says Gerhardstein. “That’s a traditional basis on which the Supreme Court decides issues of national importance.”

Gerhardstein says he's hopeful the Court will consider the request at its January meeting so the case could be heard during the current term.

Click here for more on last week's decision.