Posted May 02, 2018 12:18:16 ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________ (CBS Chicago) ___________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________ The Supreme Court of the United States has heard arguments in a lawsuit brought by a lesbian couple challenging the legality of Ohio’s ban on same-gender marriage.
The justices are expected to rule on a legal challenge to the state’s law Monday.
The issue has divided the nation and sparked protests across the country.
“I have no doubt that this is the case that the people of Ohio are concerned about,” Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine told reporters Monday.
DeWine says the ban is discriminatory.
“In no way is this a marriage issue,” he said.
On Tuesday, a group of gay couples will file an amicus brief in support of the couples, who say the ban violates their constitutional rights.
They also argue the ban discriminates against gays.
In a separate lawsuit filed last year, a gay couple is challenging the ban.
A ruling on Monday could be a significant setback for Ohio Gov.
John Kasich, who opposes same-date marriage and has said the issue should be decided in court.
The case is the latest in a long line of lawsuits challenging Ohio’s same-day marriage ban.
In addition to the legal challenge, the Supreme Court also heard arguments on a similar issue from three same-year couples challenging the state ban in 2014.
Ohio’s ban was challenged in 2014 in U.S. District Court by the American Civil Liberties Union, which said Ohio’s prohibition violated their constitutional right to marry.
Since then, more than a dozen other states have passed same-time marriages bans.
The bans are being challenged in federal court.