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Prop 8 Goes Before Supreme Court

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.

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  1. ahshucks says:

    Kitty Piercy will support anything that will gets her a vote. Typical Libbers here in Eugene and Oregon. If you can’t make a baby you shouldn’t be to get married. Same sex couples should seek legal union but not marriage. One man, One woman simple as that.

    1. karen says:

      ” If you can’t make a baby you shouldn’t be to get married.”
      so you are also against older people & those who are sterile being able to get married then?

  2. Postone says:

    This is about morality not civil rights, you so-called fair minded people in this country and you so-called Christians (those of you who go to church every Sunday) who support this kind of behavior are just plain lost!

    The bible clearly states: Those who practice these things (homosexuality) are already condemned…

    1. karen says:

      separation of church & state prevents you from forcing your religious beliefs on the rest of society, thankfully :)

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