Supreme Court to consider same-sex marriage cases

Supreme Court to consider same-sex marriage cases

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"Equal justice under law." Those are the words inscribed above the entrance to the U.S. Supreme Court.

At the heart of the justice fight is same-sex marriage. Some claim the Constitution gives people the right to marry regardless of sexual orientation.

"I think that love is love and you should be able to be with who you want to be with," Sophia Parsons said.

Others disagree and say marriage can only be defined as being between a man and a woman.

"That's how marriage is defined," said Texas Values President, Jonathan Saenz.

The Supreme Court is considering which out of seven cases dealing with same-sex marriage to hear.

A major issue is a challenge to a part of the Defense of Marriage Act, which has been used to justify excluding gay couples from federal benefits available to heterosexual couples.

"I'm not either for or against it," said Hans Anton.

Parson added, "Marriage is already changed a lot since the olden times you know, like women aren't property anymore. White people can marry black people and nobody argues against that anymore because they know it's heinous to say that."

"If you see the Supreme Court take up these issues and actually go against so many states and redefine marriage and end the definition of marriage as we've always known it, you're going to see an uprising across the country," Saenz said.

Nine states have voted to make gay marriage legal. A decision in favor of gay marriage could set a national rule and overturn every state constitutional provision and law banning same-sex marriages.

"If you're two consenting adults, you should be able to do what you want," commented Parsons.

Saenz said, "If you can open it up to two men and two women...it's open to anything else and people that want to argue otherwise and say, oh, you're just exaggerating, that's not true."

"We all should have the same entitlement despite our...preference," added Anton.

No matter which case the court chooses, the same issue remains in the spotlight...whether Congress can prevent legally married gay Americans from receiving federal benefits.

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