Same sex marriage to go before the Supreme Court

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While state after state has struck down bans on gay marriage, or ruled them unconstitutional, a few hold outs have made our nation anything but equal. However, the Supreme Court justices have decided to hear cases brought by gay marriage advocates in Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Tennessee. What makes this so important is that these rulings could bring about a greater decision regarding the constitutionality of same sex marriage across the nation. The fact that same sex couples in Alabama don’t have the same rights as those in New York, shows the disparity that the lack of a national precedent causes.

As of right now, 36 states (welcome Florida!) and the District of Columbia, allow same sex marriage. While some same sex marriage advocates are concerned that an unfavorable decision (or lack of any decision) could negatively affect the cause, it seems that the atmosphere is decidedly hopefully.

 

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Ellen DeGeneres reacting to the news during the TCA’s One Big Happy panel.  “Yay!”

Deadline was able to catch Ellen’s response.

“It’s about time. The thing that changed the civil rights movement was when white people got involved and started marching. We need everyone on our side. We’re kind of trying to do this march and we need people that believe in equality and believe in fairness and love. If we have people that will join us and give us that, which is only fair to have the same rights as everybody else, then it’s a wonderful world.”

A decision on the four pending cases is expected in June. Hopefully this summer, we will all be considered equal citizens under the law, no matter what state we reside in.

What are your thoughts on SCOTUS taking up same sex marriage again? Are you hopeful? What are your concerns?

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