January 16, 2015

Jenner & Block Partner Paul M. Smith appeared on MSNBC’s All In with Chris Hayes to discuss the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to rule on whether prohibiting same-sex marriage violates the constitutional rights of gays and lesbians.  On January 16, the Court announced that it will consider four cases from Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee, consolidated and heard together.  Justices will hear oral arguments in April and issue a ruling in June.  Paul’s insight was sought as the lawyer who, in 2003, won the landmark Lawrence v. Texas case that struck down same-sex anti-sodomy laws – a case many say laid the groundwork for today’s efforts to challenge bans on same-sex marriage.  Paul has also helped successfully secure same-sex marriage rights for residents in several states, including West Virginia and Virginia. “It’s a very exciting day for those of us who have been working toward the goal of marriage equality because we now know the timeline at least for when we’re going to finally get a resolution to this once and for all across the country: Are same-sex couples going to have the same protections and same respect as everyone else?” Paul says.