Gay Marriage Amicus Brief Central

No. 14-556   Obergfell v. Hodges

No. 14-562   Tanco v. Haslam

No. 14-571   DeBoer v. Snyder

No. 14-572   Bourke v. Beshear

Certiorari Granted on January 16, 2015

Oral Argument Set for April 28, 2015

Brief for Petitioners Due on February 27, 2015

Brief of Respondents Due on March 27, 2015

 Amicus Briefs in Support of Petitioners

*** Time to File Has Expired ***


 Amicus Briefs in Support of Respondents

 Estimated Deadline: Apr 1st to 3rd

 (Seven Days After Respondents File)

Critical Next Steps

1. Schedule Your Filing with Supreme Court Press. Book Your Capacity Before it Fills.

2. You Must Be, or Represented by, a Member of the Supreme Court Bar

3. Request the Consent of the Parties to File an Amicus Brief.

Respondents Have Provided Blanket Consent.

You Must Still Try to Obtain Petitioners' Consent (See Contact Information Below)

Attorneys for Petitioners:

Alphonse A. Gerhardstein

Gerhardstein & Branch Co. LPA

432 Walnut St., Suite 400

Cincinnati, OH 45202

(513) 621-9100

Party name: James Obergefell, et al.

Douglas Hallward-Driemeier

Ropes & Gray LLP

700 12th Street, N.W.,

Suite 900

Washington, DC  20005

(202) 508-4776

Party name: Valeria Tanco, et al.

Carole M. Stanyar

221 N. Main Street Suite 300

Ann Arbor, MI 48104

(313) 819-3953

Party name: April DeBoer, et al.


Clay Daniel

Walton Adams, PLC
101 Meidinger Tower                         
462 South 4th Street                          
Louisville, KY  40202
(502) 561-2005 x 216

Party name: Gregory Bourke, et al.



Attorneys for Respondents:

Eric E. Murphy

State Solictor

Counsel of Record Office of the Attorney General

30 East Broad Street, 17th Fl.

Columbus, OH 43215-3428

Party name: Richard Hodges, Director, Ohio Department of Health, et al.


Joseph F. Whalen

Associate Solicitor General

Office of the Attorney General

425 Fifth Avenue North

Nashville, TN  37243

(615) 741-3499

Party name: Bill Haslam, Governor of Tennessee, et al.

Alphonse A. Gerhardstein

Gerhardstein & Branch Co. LPA

432 Walnut St., Suite 400

Cincinnati, OH 45202

(513) 621-9100

Party name: James Obergefell, et al.

Leigh Gross

Latherow VanAntwerp, Monge, Jones, Edwards & McCann, LLP

P.O. Box 1111

Ashland, KY 41105

(606) 329-2929

Party name: Steve Beshear, Governor of Kentucky


Questions Presented

1. Whether Ohio's constitutional and statutory bans on recognition of marriages of same-sex couples validly entered in other jurisdictions violate the Due Process and Equal Protection Clauses of the Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

2. Whether Ohio's refusal to recognize a judgment of adoption of an Ohio-born child issued to a same-sex couple by the courts of a sister state violates the Full Faith and Credit Clause of the U.S. Constitution.

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