WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Supreme Court will hear arguments in April about whether states can ban same sex marriage. The hot button issue only focuses on 4 states in particular, but will likely set a precedent for many other states debating this issue.
The Court will focus on Tennessee, Michigan, Ohio and Kentucky. Many of the petitioner from these states were married in other states and want their marriages recognized where they live.
Thus far, these states have not recognized same sex marriages in their state. Justices will have to decide whether these same sex marriages bans are prohibited by the Constitution’s guarantee of equal protection under the law.
More than 200 members of Congress recently filed an amicus brief to tell the Courts they support marriage equality. They believe the Court is the correct place for this decision to take place.
“We didn’t let states decide that they could discriminate against women in the work place, or against minorities,” said Congressman Dan Kildee of Michigan. “So when it comes to who you love, who you are it shouldn’t be a question of whether a state decides.”
But many members believe this ruling has no place in the high courts and should be left up to the states. In fact, not one member from Tennessee or Kentucky signed the brief.
“I’ve always been an advocate of states rights,” said Congressman Scott Desjarlais of Tennessee.
A decision is expected in June.