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U.S. Supreme Court will hear gay marriage cases

By Mark Sherman

Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 10:44 a.m. HST, Dec 07, 2012

WASHINGTON » The Supreme Court will take up California's ban on same-sex marriage, a case that could give the justices the chance to rule on whether gay Americans have the same constitutional right to marry as heterosexuals.

The justices said Friday they will review a federal appeals court ruling that struck down the state's gay marriage ban, though on narrow grounds. The San Francisco-based appeals court said the state could not take away the same-sex marriage right that had been granted by California's Supreme Court.

The court also will decide whether Congress can deprive legally married gay couples of federal benefits otherwise available to married people. A provision of the federal Defense of Marriage Act limits a range of health and pension benefits, as well as favorable tax treatment, to heterosexual couples.

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64hoo wrote:
here we go here and abroad across the USA first the gay and lesbian say they wanted a domestic partnership not a marriage same as here they said were not going after marriage just domestic partners so its not the same as gay marriage from what they said. we already voted that marriage is between a man and a woman. but now like i said they got there domestic partnership but when this happened i said they will take it a step further even though they said we just wanted a domestic partnership these gays and lesbians speak with a fork tong.
on December 7,2012 | 03:16PM
kuroiwaj wrote:
I have confidence in the individual justices and their decision. This is a very interesting case that they want to debate. I wonder what "legal and constitutional" questions will be asked. Could the Court take up the question of is same-sex marriage a Federal constitutional issue? Then, is homosexuality a Federal constitutional issue, when the science says it a lifestyle choice? Also, is the Court to consider that a majority of States have already passed laws, some as amendments to their Constitution, that marriage is between a woman and a man. Would the majority of the justices believe this is the time to take up such an issue as same-sex marriage after the experience of Roe v Wade? If the Court decides to that DOMA is constitutional, then where does it place States that has approved same-sex marriage? Summer of 2013 will be an exciting year.
on December 7,2012 | 04:24PM
DowntownGreen wrote:
The science does NOT say it is a lifestyle choice.
on December 7,2012 | 09:11PM
kuroiwaj wrote:
Hi DowntownGreen, now it will be presented to the U.S. Supreme Court. All I'm sharing is to place the issue on the table. We don't know what decision(s) the U.S. Supreme Court will render. We do know that the decision can go either way.. Also, you do know the make up of the current Court.
on December 8,2012 | 06:52AM
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