Lawson v. Kelly

AU's Role: 
AU's Involvement Began: 
March 2015
Status: 

Two same-sex couples challenged the Missouri laws that limited marriage to opposite-sex couples. In November 2014, the trial court ruled that Missouri had unconstitutionally denied the fundamental right to marry to same-sex couples.

Missouri appealed this ruling to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. In March 2015, we filed an amicus brief in support of the plaintiffs. We argued that recognizing same-sex couples’ right to marry would not infringe the religious exercise rights of others, and that religious objections to marriage equality do not justify refusing to recognize same-sex couples’ rights.

In light of the U.S. Supreme Court’s June 2015 decision on marriage equality, the Eighth Circuit dismissed the appeal in July 2015.