The Supreme Court of the United States has officially announced that it will begin hearing oral arguments in same-sex marriage cases, convening at 10am on 28 April.
In a document made public this morning (5 March), SCOTUS has picked the day, ending speculation as to the speed with which the Court will take up the marriage decision. Four cases from Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee will be consolidated into the hearing, which is allotted two and a half hours. Parties have until 16 March to announce who will present their cases before the bench.
The Associated Press has reported that an audio recording of the proceedings will be available the same day as the hearing. This is the first time this term that the Court has agreed to a speedy release of their recordings.
The Court is expected to issue a decision on the constitutionality of marriage rights for same-sex couples in June. The announcement comes on the heels of another ruling by the Alabama State Supreme Court declaring the Constitutionality of a ban on same-sex marriage which had been previously overturned at the beginning of this year.