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Lawmakers press the Supreme Court to broadcast ruling on same-sex marriage

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House judiciary chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) isn’t giving up on trying to convince the Supreme Court to broadcast its rulings and proceedings. With two historical rulings imminent, Grassley and 16 other members of Congress wrote to Chief Justice John Roberts to at least allow an audio broadcast of the Court’s decisions on same-sex marriage and the Affordable Care Act.

Compared to the legislative and executive branches of government, the Supreme Court does not allow live broadcasts on any platform. The court does, however, provide same-day transcripts and audio of proceedings at the end of each week.

But with two decisions highly anticipated by Americans, Grassley and the other lawmakers are hoping the Court will go a step further and provide a live audio broadcast of the historical rulings.

“Over the course of the next few weeks, the Court will announce opinions in closely watched cases that will impact the lives of millions of individuals and families across America. Accordingly, the Court should provide the American people the opportunity to hear in real-time the arguments and opinions that will shape our society for years to come,” the lawmakers wrote.

The Supreme Court rulings on same-sex marriage and the ACA could come Thursday or Monday, the final two days remaining on the Court’s opinion calendar.