WASHINGTON (AP) – Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy is asking skeptical questions as the court hears arguments over the right of gay and lesbian couples to marry.
Kennedy, whose vote is seen as pivotal, said Tuesday that marriage has been understood as one man and one woman for “millennia-plus time.” He said same-sex marriage has been debated in earnest for only about 10 years and he wondered whether scholars and the public need more time.
He told a lawyer representing same-sex couples that it’s “very difficult” for the court to say “we know better.”
Chief Justice John Roberts said that gay couples are not seeking to join the institution of marriage, they are seeking to change it.
The session was interrupted after about 30 minutes a protester yelling loudly. He was removed by security.