On November, 6, 2014 “The New York Times” published an article with the title “Court Upholds Marriage Bans in Four States”. This article appeared in the electronic version of the newspaper and presented the news about the situation of banning the same-sex marriages in four states (Michigan, Ohio, Tennessee and Kentucky). The problem arose this summer, when federal judges have recognized the prohibition of same-sex marriages in a number of states as unconstitutional actions. Thereby, the cases were referred to the federal appeal court (United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit) that “upheld the right of four states to ban same-sex marriage” (Eckholm) and now it is moving “on a rapid trajectory to the Supreme Court” (Eckholm). This news is relevant to the USA Constitution’s Article III (Judicial).
The third Article of the Constitution states: “The judicial Power of the United States shall be vested in one supreme Court and in such inferior Courts as the Congress may from time to time ordain and establish The judicial Power shall extend to all Cases, in Law and Equity the supreme Court shall have appellate Jurisdiction” (The Constitution of the United States). It means that the Supreme Court hears the cases only after the federal court and the court of appeal (except particular cases). In the same time, “The New York Times” article explains that the status of same-sex marriages in Michigan, Ohio, Tennessee and Kentucky cannot be determined without the intervention of the Supreme Court. The cases have already been heard by the local courts and federal judges, then the Sixth Circuit made the contradicting decision on November, 6, and the issue was not solved. “This decision [of the appeal court] highlights the need for the U.S. Supreme Court to right this injustice” Susan Sommer, the director of Lambda Legal stated. Therefore, this newspaper article is relevant to the US Constitution and its Article III that determines in which cases the Supreme Court should interfere in the internal affairs of some state.
Eckholm, Erik. “Court Upholds Marriage Bans in Four States”. The New York Times. N. p., 6 Nov. 2014. Web. 8 Nov. 2014.
The Constitution of the United States. Web. 8 Nov. 2014.