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Sound Off: Supreme Court to Consider Same Sex Marriage Case Friday

The U.S. Supreme Court is slated to decide whether to hear an appeals case that would determine the legality of same sex marriage in California. What do you think it should do?

After years of legal wrangling, the U.S. Supreme Court could decide if same sex marriage is legal in California Friday.

The court will convene to decide whether to hear a case challenging Proposition 8, the amendment banning gay marriage in California. In February, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled the amendment unconstitutional, and Prop 8 proponents appealed the ruling. If the Supreme Court chooses not to hear the appeal, then the circuit court ruling would stand, and gay marriage could, once again, be legal in California. If the nation’s top court does take up the case, Californians would likely have to wait several months before a decision is made.

According to the court panel's ruling, the proposition's primary impact was to ``lessen the status and human dignity of gays and lesbians in California.''

``It stripped same-sex couples of the ability they previously possessed to obtain and use the designation of `marriage' to describe their relationships,'' according to the court's decision. ``Nothing more, nothing less. Proposition 8 therefore could not have been enacted to advance California's interests in child-rearing or responsible procreation, for it had no effect on the rights of same-sex couples to raise children or on the procreative practices of other couples.

``Nor did Proposition 8 have any effect on religious freedom or on parents' rights to control their children's education; it could not have been enacted to safeguard those liberties.''

Opponents of same-sex marriage were equally strong in their words condemning the ruling at the time.

Proposition 8 supporter Randy Thomasson, president of SaveCalifornia.com, blasted the ruling, calling it ``unfair to the voters, against our republic, against our democratic system...''

``It's illogical and unconstitutional to claim that natural, unchangeable race and ethnicity is the same as sexual behavior,'' he said after the ruling. ``That's not fair or true. Race and ethnicity are inherited, but science has never found homosexuality, bisexuality or transsexuality to be inherited or unchangeable.''

TELL US WHAT YOU THINK IN THE COMMENTS?

Do you think the Supreme Court should hear the case? Or should the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling be the final word on the matter, legalizing gay marriage in California.

 - City News Service contributed to this report.

Panglonymous December 04, 2012 at 07:16 PM
How come when da gheys have their parades they have to end them in front of your house? You don't see *me* ending *my* parades in front of *their* house. It seems like they have better rights than normal people and can get quite snotty if you suggest that it's so.
Shripathi Kamath December 04, 2012 at 07:56 PM
@Stonephony, "Sigh. I have plenty of gay friends and I could care less if you believe me." If you could care less, you should. Pretty sure those gay friends of yours are used to it "It's obvious you are sophomoric in your debating skills." Sez the one who introduces red herrings and now ad hominems! "I comment on the things you ask me to look at and you call it a red herring." Your "I've never understood why they want to be part of a group that has a 50% failure rate." was debated to the point where you ran. You do realize that you claimed that marriage and partnership bestow the **same** rights, and then to debunk that, I cited a link with many differences. That you dislike one of the differences does not stop making it a difference. That you choose to discuss why that is a "A Bad Difference" is a red herring. My citing a document that shows a difference or nine does not make that document my endorsement. "I don't have to prove anything to you, besides, even if I did bring my gay friends to debate you, how would you know it was them?" For that you'll have to first find them. "More importantly, they would find your debating and basic English comprehension skills comical. " Sez the one who announces that she "could care less if you believe me". "You don't want to be laughed at do you?" I love it when imaginary gay friends of yours commenting on my comprehension skills laugh. Let me know when you find those gay friends.
Shripathi Kamath December 04, 2012 at 07:58 PM
Bastards! And they get free chicken at Chick-fil-A.
Panglonymous December 04, 2012 at 08:36 PM
Huh. I hate-free chicken. It's a matter of principle. Pops taught me early on: There's no free lunch. Most normal people understand this. So they've got a way to go yet.
Stephanie December 06, 2012 at 07:32 AM
@Shiripatheticathy, If I have no credibility in your eyes, then neither does any one else on the internet. I find it laughable that you are demanding my gay friends show themselves to you. Who are you, the internet police? To simply have your reply be that you don't believe me is a tactic used when one has no response. If that's what you say, I just don't believe you!! What a cop out! My friends aren't debating you, I am. But since you can't handle it, you are making excuses. More than one of my gay friends has said that if they could marry, it would make them feel more accepted by society. Now, if you don't believe that you have not said why. Have you spoken to every single gay person in the state of California? Nope. Do you represent what every gay person in the state of California thinks and believes? Nope. But somehow you think you are the all knowing and represent what all gays think, right? Because my friends don't go with what you believe, I'm somehow not telling the truth? You forget they still want gay marriage, but for a reason that you disagree with. Plus, if those differences between marriage and domestic partnership bother you so much, go fight for what you want. And if you're gonna post a link, most people are going to assume you are endorsing what that link says. Don't play dumb on that one. Once again, learn to spell and go take that phonics class. You haven't questioned anyone else's credibility but mine. Obvious much? Haha!

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