On December 2nd, the Supreme Court Judges held a conference to decide wether or not to hear 3 cases involving same-sex marriage. They delayed their decision and held a conference on Friday December 7th, which confirmed the hearing of two of the three cases. One case comes from California and the other from New York. President Obama has already declared that his administration will not defend the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act, which says that marriage is strictly between a man and a women, and the benefits  such as health insurance, medical leave and taxes that go along with it are concealed to that kind of marriage. Along with this, four district courts and two courts of appeal have declared DOMA unconstitutional, stating that it violates the guarantee  of equality. The California case has to deal with the State Supreme Court case overruling of Proposition 8, which was a referendum in California to ban same-sex marriage after the State Supreme Court made it legal. Speculations can be drawn that the Supreme Court will review the right to marry and the benefits that go along with it. So far, 31 states have laws protecting the traditional marriage between a man and a women.  
 


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Jay Burgin
12/14/2012 3:30pm

As a practicing Catholic, I am on the fence about this topic, which has been discussed in my family before. The Catholic faith states that marriage is exclusively between a man and a woman. However, some people are naturally inclined towards others of the same sex, and it is very hard to change that.

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Kate Ramundo
12/16/2012 9:35am

I agree! I have been raised Catholic and the church believes that homosexuality is a choice. I believe it is not. Love is love and in my opinion the government should not have a say in who a person choosing to marry or the ability to prevent a a marriage.

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Caz bennett
12/14/2012 7:34pm

It seems like the court might finally make a decisive call on this issue. It will be very interesting to see what their decision is, but I find it very unlikely that they will hold up Prop 8. However, if benefits were withheld from same-sex couples, it would be a major change. I personally find it unfair to deny health insurance from a couple because of their sexual orientation. If the federal government were to deny certain people benefits, it would seem to be a violation of the Constitution.

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