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Friday, December 07, 2012

Supreme Court will settle the gay marriage issue

The U.S. Supreme Court has decided to hear 2 cases concerning gay marriage.

That's a good and necessary move because it could set national precedent on whether gays and lesbians have the constitutionally-protected right to marry. I suspect Justice Antonin Scalia, who believes the government has the right to arrest consenting adults in their own bedrooms, will strenuously argue against allowing that to happen. The question is how the Justices who are closer to the center will deal with the issue.

For me, it is not a close call. The civil rights of minorities should not be left to the whims and tastes of the public and elected officials.

From the piece at the link above:

Washington | The Supreme Court announced on Friday that it would enter the national debate over same-sex marriage, agreeing to hear a pair of cases challenging state and federal laws that define marriage to include only unions of a man and a woman. 

One of the cases, from California, could establish or reject a constitutional right to same-sex marriage. Another case, from New York, challenges a federal law that requires the federal government to deny benefits to gay and lesbian couples married in states that allow such unions.

The court’s move comes against the backdrop of a rapid shift in public attitudes about same-sex marriage, with recent polls indicating that a majority of Americans support allowing such unions. After last month’s elections, the number of states authorizing same-sex marriage increased by half, to nine.

The court’s docket is now crowded with cases about the meaning of equality, with the new cases joining ones on affirmative action in higher education and the future of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Decisions in all of those cases are expected by June.

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