Will Justice Roll on Marriage Equality?

April 30, 2015

Today’s link offers some access to what transpired in Tuesday’s arguments before the supreme court regarding same sex marriage. For advocates of marriage equality, the justices’ replies to the arguments presented were not as encouraging as we might have hoped.

“We’ve always done it this way,” was a frustratingly popular sentiment among the justices who favored limiting marriage to its traditional, alternate-sex confines, but it is difficult to understand how this attitude constitutes a legitimate, legal argument.

Even so, many of the justices were outspoken about the problems they perceived in arguments for bans on same-sex marriage. Pretense that bans on same-sex marriage were not cases of sexual orientation discrimination were sept aside, as were attempts to claim that marriage was inextricably tied to the ability of both parties to produce biological progeny.

Listening to the audio and reading the transcript of the court’s session make it difficult to imagine what verdicts will be returned by the nine-member court, but those praying and hoping for justice to roll will find comfort in knowing that at least a few of our Supreme Court Justices are advocates for marriage equality. May their voices carry the day.

A ruling is anticipated in late June.

The featured link comes from The New York Times, and it can be read here.

A snapshot of the justices’ comments can be found here. 

A link offering audio and transcripts of the court’s proceedings can be found here (audio starts immediately – be ready).

Julia K. Stronks, JD, PhD explains the issues involved in the first of a three part series on CFT.

 

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