Obergefell V. Hodges: Case Study

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Obergefell v. Hodges (2014) The Obergefell v. Hodges (2014) case involved the marriage of same sex couples. Groups of same sex couples sued their state agencies to challenge the constitutionality of them refusing to recognize legal same sex marriages. Plaintiffs argued that the states’ statutes violated the Equal Protection Clause and Due Process Clause of the 14th Amendment. One group of plaintiffs also brought claims under the Civil Rights Act. “The U.S. court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit reversed and held that the states’ bans on the same-sex marriage and refusal to recognize marriages performed in other states did not violate the couples’ Fourteenth Amendment rights to equal protection and due process.” The justices that were on court

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