April Deboer v. Rick Snyder (Obergefel v. Hodges)
Gay Marriage Case
The Great Lakes Justice Center had the privilege of representing over 25,000 Ministries/Churches which included over 3 million people by filing an Amicus Brief in the United States Supreme Court.
Full Case Name: APRIL DEBOER et al. v. RICK SNYDER, et al. (OBERGEFEL v. HODGES)
File No.: 14-571
Court: United States Supreme Court
Great Lakes Justice Center Role: Amicus Brief
Date: March 5, 2014
This case was consolodated with five other cases and decided in Obergefel v. Hodges (2015). It is commonly known as the gay marriage case.
This case is about the protection of a State’s right to define marriage as a union between a man and woman. The Sixth Circuit analyzed the constitutionality of marriage amendments passed by the vast majority of voters in Michigan, Kentucky, Ohio, and Tennessee, and decided not to overrule a decision reflecting the beliefs of approximately twenty-two million Americans in those states.
The ultimate questions before the Court are whether a Court can force a State to redefine marriage and whether refusing to redefine marriage denies homosexual individuals a “fundamental right” to marry.