Rand Hoch is Florida’s first openly gay judge. On Sunday, at an equality demonstration, Hoch predicted that Florida, and the rest of the nation will enjoy marriage equality by June, 2016.

As a lawyer who closely follows this issue in federal courts across
America, I feel comfortable in predicting
that before the end of June, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court will strike
down all laws across the nation which prevent lesbians and gay men from
marrying their partners.

Hoch’s prediction seems a safe bet. Given the pace of cases making their way through the appeals courts, one could even make it to the Supreme Court in the next term. Then the logic in United States v. Windsor would seem to hold for the same justices in one of the pending marriage cases.

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By David Cary Hart

Retired CEO. Formerly a W.E. Deming-trained quality-management consultant. Now just a cranky Jewish queer. Gay cis. He/Him/His.