Activists in favor of and against the legalization of same sex marriages gathered around the Supreme Court to voice their opinions regarding the social issue. This comes before the apex court opens its doors on Tuesday to hear arguments on whether gay marriages are legally validated in the Constitution.
At present, same sex marriages are banned in 13 states, of which the justices will hear arguments regarding restrictions in Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee. The final ruling is slated to end in June, after which it will be deduced whether gay marriages would be legal throughout the country or bans will be imposed in states where they were previously repealed.
Massachusetts was the first state to lift the ban on same sex marriages after a long and comprehensive court ruling in 2004. According to Reuters, a decade later, now they are legal in 37 states and Washington, D.C.
Six separate same sex marriage cases from all over the United States have led to the court hearing. DeBoer v. Snyder, one of the six, concerns a lesbian couple contesting they be legally recognized as parents to their four adopted children, as reported by USA Today.
Same sex marriages are today’s leading American civil rights issue, according to activists advocating gay rights.
However, members of Christian organizations who dispute the legalization of same sex marriages carried out a rally on Monday against all the judges who previously took down the ban.
Greg Quinlan, of the group New Jersey Family Policy Council, said, “Homosexuality is not a civil right.”
The four states defending their stand on same sex marriages have successfully been able to do so in the lower courts. While the restrictions placed by other states were repealed by other appeals courts, Supreme Court must now adjudicate the matter.
According to NPR, public opinion polls revealed that in 1996, merely 27 percent people showed their support for gay marriages. This year, despite the resistance shown by several organizations, support by people in favor of the matter has surged up to 50 percent.
The Public Religion Research Institute, which studied where the major American religious groups stood on the matter of same sex marriages, revealed that Buddhists and Jews showed the most support, with 84 percent and 77 percent of the masses respectively being in favor. In addition, 62 percent of white mainline Protestants and more than half of white and Hispanic Catholics – despite Catholic disapproval – also said they support the legalization of gay marriages.
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