Arguments are set to begin this morning in Obergefell v. Hodges, a group of appeals from couples in four states that will force the Supreme Court to confront whether gay marriage is a constitutional right in all states, the Hill reports. Some things to know:
- Per the AP, the court will hear extended arguments that are scheduled to last 2 ½ hours (90 minutes more than usual, the Hill notes). Also on the docket: to determine whether states that don't recognize gay marriage must recognize those performed in other states; currently, same-sex couples can marry in 36 states and DC, the AP reports.
- The four states in this particular case—Ohio, Tennessee, Michigan, and Kentucky—are among the 14 that don't allow same-sex marriage, the AP notes. A federal appeals court upheld bans in all four states in November.