TBA Law Blog


Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin on Jun 26, 2015

The U.S. Supreme Court this morning ruled that the 14th Amendment to the Constitution guarantees a nationwide right to same-sex marriage, SCOTUSblog reports. The 5-4 decision in Obergefell v. Hodges finds that the court has long recognized the right to marry as a fundamental right, and that all of the same principles on which it has relied in cases involving opposite-sex couples should apply equally to same-sex marriages. Chief Justice John Roberts read a summary of his dissent from the bench – the first time he has ever done so.

In Tennessee, Gov. Bill Haslam said the state will comply immediately with the court’s ruling. Attorney General Herbert Slatery held a press conference this afternoon, in which he expressed disappointment in the ruling but advised clerks to comply with it. Here's a wrapup of the decision’s impact in Tennessee. TBA CLE is presenting a webcast on the case on July 2.