High Court Poised to Rule on Same-Sex Marriage

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With only a few weeks left in the current term, the U.S. Supreme Court will soon issue its decisions on same-sex marriage cases.
    
In March, the justices heard arguments on two such cases:

  • The Defense of Marriage Act, the federal law defining marriage as between one man and one woman
  • California's Proposition 8, the state's voter-approved ban on gay marriage

Supporters of traditional marriage say there is no reason to create laws backing gay unions given the recent changes in marital laws.

"These developments provide yet further evidence...that the claim that gays and lesbians are politically powerless and that the courts therefore have some special role in subjecting classifications affecting them to strict scrutiny is baseless," said Ed Whelan, an opponent of same-sex marriage who is president of the Ethics and Public Policy Center.
 
Jim Campbell, a lawyer for Alliance Defending Freedom, says issue gay marriage is one for states to decide - not the Supreme Court.
 
"The vast majority of the states have decided to retain the traditional view of marriage that has existed throughout Western civilization. This decision belongs to the people and should be decided by the people," Campbell said.

Mary Bonauto, the director of the Civil Rights Project at Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders, the LGBT community still has a long way to go since currently only 18 percent of states permit same-sex weddings.

"...States moving in the direction of (gay) marriage is a far cry from all states doing it," she said.
    
Since the high court took up the issue, three states in the country have approved same-sex marriage measures - leading some to wonder if that will affect the justices' decisions.

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