WASHINGTON (AP) — Demonstrators on both sides of the gay marriage debate are gathered in front of the Supreme Court, where justices today are hearing arguments in cases that could make same-sex marriage the law of the land.Some are waving gay rights banners. Others are carrying signs proclaiming that marriage is the union of a man and a woman. One sign read, “Homo sex is a sin.”
The cases before the court today come from Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee. They are four of the 14 states that still only allow heterosexual marriage. The four states had their bans upheld by a federal appeals court in Cincinnati in November. It’s the only one of those courts that has ruled in favor of the states since the Supreme Court in 2013 struck down part of the federal anti-gay-marriage law.
Today’s two and a-half hours of arguments will also explore whether states that do not permit same-sex marriage have to recognize those unions from other states.