Arguments in two gay rights cases are currently being made to the U.S. Supreme Court and the result of the court’s findings could set the nation on a federal recognition of same sex marriage. Though the arguments are not open to social and mainstream media, some information can be gained from one notable guest who will be sitting in one of the 400 seats available to members of the public.
Chief Justice John Roberts told the Los Angeles Times that his lesbian cousin is a guest of his at this week’s proceedings.
While many conservatives usually feel somewhat comfortable with potential Supreme Court rulings due to there being a slight majority of conservative justices, this news might cause them concern as to how the court will rule.
Up for debate is an argument brought by proponents of Proposition 8, a case in California.
In 2008, 52-percent of voters amended their state constitution to ban same-sex marriages.
Justices could either invalidate Prop 8, which would only effect California. This measure would allow California to begin performing marriages for same-sex couples. Justices could also uphold Prop 8 as an exercise of people’s rights to amend their state constitution. This would keep the law in place.
The other argument is a separate case challenging the Defense of Marriage Act, that prevents the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages in states where they are legal.
President Barack Obama has already given his opinion on behalf of the Executive Branch regarding the issue.
“When it comes to marriage, the basic principle that America is founded on — the idea that we’re all created equal — applies to everybody regardless of sexual orientation,” President Obama said at a White House news conference earlier this month.
The ruling on either case should be a concern for all Americans.
The reason has nothing to do with the topic being discussed. At the end of the day it comes down to one branch of government, the Judicial Branch, having the ability to overturn and throw out the will of the people that were exercising their constitutionally protected right to vote.
If the Supreme Court, in essence, reverses the affects of Prop 8, the justices are telling all of us that the vote of the people doesn’t really matter.
This opens a door that might never be shut. It’s important for all of us to follow these cases closely and voice concerns with state and federal political officials when needed.Sorry, there are no polls available at the moment.