Back in November I wrote about same-sex marriage saying, I am hoping that a final decision will be made by the U.S. Supreme Court (SCOTUS) in the near future.
It looks like today (Tuesday) is the day. The SCOTUS will hear arguments on whether the Constitution provides a right to same-sex marriage. (Source)
There will be two questions that the justices will attempt to get answer:
The first is whether states must allow same-sex couples to marry, which will be the subject of a 90-minute debate on Tuesday. The second is whether states must recognize same-sex marriages performed elsewhere, which will be debated for an additional hour.
At first glance, the answers to those two questions seem pretty easy. I think that states must allow same-sex couples to marry and states should recognize same-sex marriages performed elsewhere.
I guess some don’t feel that way and that’s why we’re at the Supreme Court.
Currently 37 states and Washington, D.C., allow same-sex marriages. See the map HERE.
As for religious views and same-sex marriage, as Bob Dylan sings, “The Times They Are a-Changin.” I personally don’t believe we should discriminate against any group of people. I try not to judge other people’s personal choices. I believe God loves us unconditionally. I’ve said before that as a Christian, I have been let down more by Christians in my life than by gay people. I boldly predict that trend will continue.
Across America, people favor same-sex marriage 54-38 percent. Catholics favor it 60-30 percent. White evangelicals oppose same-sex marriage 66-28 percent, and Mormons oppose it 68-27 percent. (Source)
When we think the SCOTUS will act one way that is when we may be fooled. Many believe the final decision will depend on which way Justice Anthony Kennedy and/or Chief Justice John Roberts lean.
I predict if the decisions favor same-sex marriage, then those against it will spend their time finding ways to chip away at those rights just as the anti-abortion people have done since Roe v. Wade in 1973.
We won’t know the decision probably until the end of June. One thing that everyone wants is a clear decision that each person (and every state) understands. I hope when the decision is announced there are not several different interpretations depending on which cable news channel you’re watching.
So here we go…