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Constitutional Law Keyed to Varat
Obergefell v. Hodges
Citation:576 U.S. __, 135 S.Ct. 2584, 192 L.Ed.2d 609 (2015).
Same sex couples in Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky, and Tennessee sued their respective state agents. Each state defined marriage as union between one man and one woman. The couples challenged the constitutionality of state bans on same-sex marriage or the refusal to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other jurisdictions under the Equal Protection Clause and Due Process Clause of the 14th Amendment.
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