Debate Day For Same-Sex Marriage In Supreme Court

(WLNS) – Two strong sides with two strong arguments on same-sex marriage. On Tuesday both had their day in court, the highest court in fact, the U.S. Supreme Court.

“This is an issue that should be left to the states and to the will of the people and to vote and that their vote should not be overturned by a federal court,” said David Kallman, Lansing attorney.

“The right to get married is a fundamental right they haven’t said it’s the right to marry the person of the opposite sex they haven’t said it’s the right to marry someone of the same race or anything like that,” said Jay Kaplan, ACLU LGBT, project staff.

The justices set aside two and a half hours to hear oral arguments from both sides, arguments that had many justices leaning one way or the other.

Local analysts with differing views say four justices seemed for it, while four were against it and one justice stood out as the wild card.

“It leaves one justice in the middle. That’s Justice Kennedy. He’s normally a conservative justice but on LGBT issues in the past he’s offered decisions that are favorable towards LGBT rights,” said Kaplan.

“It’s probably going to be five four and I agree that that’s probably going to be it and Justice Kennedy is probably going to be the one the swing vote so that’s why I think people will focus on his questions and like I said he was questioning on the first point I was talking about, who decides,” said David Kallman, Lansing attorney.

And as far as predictions go, “who knows, you can never read these judges,” said Kallman.

“It’s hard to say exactly how people will vote and we’ll just have to see,” said Jay Kaplan, ACLU LGBT, project staff.

After Tuesday the justices will meet again to vote, then write one opinion on the discussion. They’re not expected to release a decision until June.

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