March 20, 2015
Weil submitted an amicus brief to the United States Supreme Court in the case Obergefell v. Hodges in support of marriage equality for same-sex couples on behalf of Human Rights Watch, the Cyrus R. Vance Center for International Justice, and several partners, including The New York City Bar Association; the Canadian Civil Liberties Association; The National Council for Civil Liberties (“Liberty”), UK; Legal Resources Centre, South Africa; Center for Legal and Social Studies, Argentina; and La Federación Argentina de Lesbianas, Gays, Bisexuales y Trans, Argentina.
The amicus brief invites the Supreme Court to look internationally for guidance in resolving the important jurisprudential decision of whether the U.S. Constitution grants the right for people of the same gender to marry. The brief focuses on five countries on different continents—the Netherlands, Canada, South Africa, Argentina, and New Zealand—that have introduced marriage equality and reviewed similar arguments that the Supreme Court should address.
Oral arguments in Obergefell, et al. v. Hodges are scheduled for April 28, 2015. The Supreme Court will be addressing two issues: (1) whether or not the Fourteenth Amendment requires a state to issue a marriage license between two people of the same sex and (2) whether or not the Fourteenth Amendment requires a state to recognize a marriage between two people of the same sex when their marriage has been lawfully licensed and performed out-of-state.
For the full brief, please continue to Human Rights Watch.