U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals Upholds Ohio’s Definition of Marraige

On Thursday, November 6, 2014, the Sixth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the Ohio Constitution regarding the definition of marriage.

The court stated “this case is about change – and how best to handle it under the United States Constitution.”  The Court held that it would be better to allow change through the customary political processes in which the people of each state resolve the issue.  The ruling concluded that states have the right to set rules for marriage.

As a result of this decision there is a split among the Federal Appellate Courts on the issue which will likely set up a review by the U.S. Supreme Court on whether the question of marriage equality is for the states, not for the federal courts, to decide.

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