9th Circuit Court of Appeals to Hear 3 Marriage Equality Cases in September

NincriSeptember is shaping up to be a busy month for the fight for marriage equality. Challenges to Nevada, Idaho, and Hawaii’s bans on same-sex marriage are slated to be heard to be heard by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals back to back to back on the same date.

The court’s official argument calendar now lists Jackson v. Abercrombie, Sevcik v. Sandoval, and Latta v. Otter as being heard on September 8th in the San Francisco court. Percentage wise, the 9th Circuit is comprised of the largest percentage (69%) of sitting judges appointed by Democratic presidents, making it a comparatively liberal circuit. The panel of judges presiding over these cases has not yet been made public, but it is safe to assume that the panel, as a group, will hear all three cases.


  1. bandanajack says

    no, hawaii has a challenge to its current marriage law, a very weak challenge. i don’t know about the other states.

  2. Gregg says

    bandanajack – has the challenge been heard by a district court? Why is this in the appeals court?

  3. Stefan says

    Jackson v Abercrombie will simply be a motion to dismiss as the arguments are now moot since the state has obviously passed same-sex marriage.

  4. jeff says

    Hawaii has same sex marriage since last fall. The legislature held a special session and passed it.

  5. bernard says

    I love your last name. We need more people with hyphenated last names, woot!

  6. Alexander says

    I am pleased.but please hurry.we need more countries to fall in line or expect to be toppled over if they can’t be decent towards gays and women.