Sound Off: Supreme Court to Hear Same Sex Marriage

The highest court in the U.S. announced Friday it will review the ruling that struck down the 2008 law banning gay marriage in California. Tell us what you think about that.

The Supreme Court will take up California's ban on same-sex marriage, a case that could give the justices the chance to rule on whether gay couples in America have the same constitutional right to marry as heterosexual couples.

The justices said Friday they will review a ruling by a federal appeals court in California that struck down Proposition 8, the state's gay marriage ban. The San Francisco-based appeals court said the state could not take away the same-sex marriage right that had been granted by California's Supreme Court, Huffington Post reports:

"The court also will decide whether Congress can deprive legally married gay couples of federal benefits otherwise available to married people. A provision of the federal Defense of Marriage Act limits a range of health and pension benefits, as well as favorable tax treatment, to heterosexual couples."

The appeals court's ruling was made in February, and held that outlawing gay marriage, was unconstitutional. The court will also hear challenges to the Defense of Marriage Act.

What do you think?  Should the Supreme Court be involved in this issue? Tell us in comments what you think.

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Angelica December 12, 2012 at 06:11 PM
marriage is between man and women period! Gay couples are unnatural and can't procreate!
Mike December 12, 2012 at 08:41 PM
Is this entire issue is about equality or the redeffination of words and an attack the traditional religious communities. Why is it that those who say they want equality and those who wish to deny same do not appear to seek :common ground". In the traditional religious community Marriage is often considered a sacrament, and can only exist between a man and a woman. In the secular part of our society it is simply a joining between two people. So, why debate over a word that has religious signifigance and simply pass legislation that defines equal (not separate) rights under the term "Domestic partners". If equal rights is the real issue then I think the the argument becomes mute. Marriage would remain a traditional religious legal bond and Domestic Partners would be a secular legal bond. What matters more the word or the fact that all couples regardless of having entered into a marriage or domestic partnership would have equal rights. Answer, it only matters if you are attacking the traditional values and religious practices of a nation.


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