This afternoon the U.S. Supreme Court decided to hear the appeal from our client’s cases, Obergefell v. Hodges and Henry v. Hodges. The Supreme Court has set a briefing schedule that should allow them to rule before the end of their term in June. We are hopeful the Supreme Court will rule that Ohio must recognize out-of-state marriages of same-sex couples.
“This is a great day for our courageous clients and we are excited to carry their cause to the highest court in the land,” said Al Gerhardstein, lead attorney for the Plaintiffs in both cases.
The joint filing covers two lawsuits filed by Gerhardstein & Branch: Henry v. Hodges, joined by Lambda Legal, seeking to compel the State of Ohio to recognize the legal marriages of same-sex couples and issue accurate birth certificates, and Obergefell v. Hodges, joined by the ACLU, seeking to order the State to issue accurate death certificates to married same-sex couples. James D. Esseks, Chase B. Strangio, and Steven R. Shapiro, of the ACLU, and Susan Sommer, Paul Castillo and M. Currey Cook, of Lambda Legal join Al Gerhardstein, Jennifer Branch, Jaci Gonzales Martin, and Adam Gerhardstein of Gerhardstein & Branch, and Ellen Essig and Lisa Meeks of Cincinnati as counsel for the petitioners.