Today, the U.S. Supreme Court hears oral arguments in Obergefell v. Hodges, a consolidation of cases that ask the Court to consider two key questions about same-sex marriage:
Is there a constitutional right to same-sex marriage? And are states required to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states?
Because of the landmark nature of this case, the Supreme Court has agreed to release audio of oral argument later this same day. You can expect Part I of arguments just after 12:30 PM EST, and Part II just after 2:00 PM EST, both on the Oyez case page.
The Court has allotted 2.5 hours for argument, which is significantly more than the usual one hour. If you’re interested in the highlights and don’t have the time/ability to listen to the full argument, we’re going to live tweet the arguments as we listen to them as soon as they’re posted. Follow us on Twitter (@Oyez), or visit our profile to see our tweets, no Twitter account necessary.
Here’s a quick breakdown of the people involved in the case we’ll be mentioning throughout argument:
Chief Justice Roberts
Advocates for the petitioners (families suing the states):
Mary L. Bonauto
Advocates for the respondents (states defending same-sex marriage bans):
John J. Bursch
Joseph F. Whalen
Solicitor General for the United States, supporting the petitioners
Donald B. Verrilli, Jr.
Questions about the case? Tweet us and we’ll do our best to respond quickly.