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Doom and groom

Doom and groom

March 26
22:59 2013

Yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court dipped a careful toe into the raging debate surrounding same-sex marriage in this country. Today, the deliberation will continue as the high court considers the implications of two landmark cases regarding gay and lesbian unions.

The laws under scrutiny are California’s Proposition 8 and the 1996 Defense Of Marriage Act, which respectively ban same-sex marriage and deny financial benefits to legally married gay couples. If the justices rule that one or both of these laws are unconstitutional, the landscape of gay rights in the U.S. could be fundamentally changed.

Of course, we probably won’t hear the final verdict until June, but that doesn’t mean our nation is waiting patiently. Gay rights advocates and other demonstrators with a less favorable view on the prospect of gay marriage are already camped out in front of the U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington, and the crowds are growing.

In the interest of providing as much information as possible on the issue, along with the debate surrounding it, we’re printing two editorials from different perspectives.

It’s worth noting that we had an extremely hard time locating an editorial from any major newspaper in this country that outright opposed gay marriage—a far more common opinion being that the issue should instead be left up to individual states rather than addressed through sweeping federal legislation.

Whatever your views on the subject, it’s difficult to deny that approval of same-sex marriage is growing in this country. About 58 percent of Americans support it, a shocking leap from only 36 percent in 2006.

But public opinion doesn’t get the final say on this case—in the end, it’s up to the judges. Needless to say, if we were in their robes right about now, we’d be more than a little nervous.

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