Gay Marriage and the Supreme Court

It was just recently announced that the Supreme Court will face not one but two cases dealing with gay marriage in the next year. As reported by the New York Times, one case could “establish or reject a constitutional right to same -sex marriage.” The case may result in interpreting the constitution as requireing states to recognize same sex marriages. The second case deals with giving benefits to gay and lesbian couples in states that allow same sex marriages.

For homosexual men and women (and human rights in general), this is a big moment. If the Supreme Court ruled that the constitution does not allow states to deny marriage equality for gay men and women, a huge triumph would be made. Instead of gay marriage being passed state by state (there are nine currently), all fifty states would be forced to recognize these marriages.

The question is are the American people ready? With President Obama’s public support of gay marriage and the passing of same-sex marriage in four new states after the recent election, it seems that the public tide is turning. For the people who are aganist marriage equality, I think it takes the law of the land to eventually change attitudes and beliefs just as with interracial marriage in the late 60s. Personally, I am hopeful the Supreme Court will approve marriage equality, and be on the right side of history.

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One Response to Gay Marriage and the Supreme Court

  1. ethankerp says:

    I was pleasantly surprised this election to hear that my home state of Maryland passed a law permitting the marriage of same sex couples. Only that night had I heard the law was up for a popular vote, and when it passed I don’t think I’ve ever been prouder of my state.
    As the article describes, the allowance of same-sex unions seems to be gaining momentum at an unprecedented rate. Recent polls indicate “a majority of Americans support allowing such unions. After the elections last month, the number of states authorizing same-sex marriage increased by half, to nine.” With these results in addition to President Obama’s explicit support, I believe that America is ready, and that even if this decision from the Supreme Court is unsatisfactory, it is only a matter of time.
    It seems to me that the barrier in the way of this change to the law is part of a larger problem concerning religion and government. There seem to be two conflicting narratives of America’s creation, in one it was founded under God, in the other it was founded on the belief in a separation between church and state. In recent decades the law seems to have parted increasingly with laws that have religious underpinnings, (for example the ruling that religious prayers should not be mandatory in public school) and my hope is that this will only continue, and laws that are made oppressive by their religious influence will be overturned.

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