WASHINGTON (CNN) — The U.S. Supreme Court heard the first of two cases about same-sex marriage Tuesday, with the justices listening to oral arguments on California’s ban on gay marriage, known as Proposition 8.
As the Supreme Court Justices listened to oral arguments, people gathered to show their support for or opposition to same-sex marriage. Both sides believe they were heard.
Same-sex couples from California are challenging the state’s Proposition 8, passed in 2008. It bans same-sex marriage. California voters approved the ban.
Challengers argue the 14th Amendment guarantees “equal protection,” so defining marriage as only between a man and a woman violates their equal rights.
According to a CNN/ORC poll done just last weekend, the majority of Americans now support gay marriage and more politicians are shifting their stance, like Ohio Republican Senator Rob Portman.
Could personal experience also play a role during decision time on the bench? In the audience will be Jean Prodasky of San Francisco. She’s Chief Justice John Roberts’ lesbian cousin. She says she’s confident Roberts will do the right thing.
But some supporters of Prop 8 say voters, not the high court, should decide gay marriage.
For same-sex couples, this comes down to the definition of marriage and having the same rights under the law heterosexual couples.
Supporters of same-sex marriage are holding their own rally right here in Eugene. Mayor Kitty Piercy is scheduled to speak at the event, which is organized by Basic Rights Oregon. It’s Tuesday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Federal Building on Seventh Avenue.