Supreme Court Divided on Gay Marriage after Hearing Arguments

Supreme Court Divided on Gay Marriage after Hearing Arguments

The Supreme Court heard arguments for and against the legalization of gay marriage on Tuesday (April 28). After listening to arguments from Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee, the justices appeared to be divided, according to reports. 

Justice Anthony Kennedy is seen by the court as the swing vote. He said that the definition of marriage referring to one man and one woman “has been with us from millennia.” 

“I think it's very difficult for this court to say, oh well, we know better," Kennedy continued.

John Bursch, who argued in favor of a state ban on gay marriage claimed that same-sex couples do not develop the same bonds with their children as straight couples. 

In response, Kennedy said, "That was very interesting, but it's just a wrong premise.” 

The argument "assumes that same-sex couples cannot have the more noble purpose" as opposite-sex couples in marriage,” he said. 

A large crowd of both advocates and opponents of same-sex marriage were present at the hearing. Fox News reports one opponent of gay marriage had to be escorted from the building by security for interrupting the hearing with shouting. 

Charisma News speculated that the justices seemed to sway slightly in favor of legalizing gay marriage. The Court’s final decision is expected in June. 

Publication date: April 28, 2015