SCOTUS to hear gay marriage cases

Most contentious political issues eventually end up in the Supreme Court and the gay marriage issues is no exception. Justices will hear two cases involving the legality of both state and federal law that prohibits gay marriage. Reuters: The Supreme Court stepped into the gay marriage debate for the first time on Friday by agreeing to review two challenges to federal and state laws that define marriage as a union between a man and a woman. The high court agreed to review a case against a federal law that denies married same-sex couples the federal benefits heterosexual couples receive. It also took up a challenge to California's ban on gay marriage, known as Proposition 8, which voters narrowly approved in 2008. Same-sex marriage is a politically charged issue in a country where 31 of the 50 states have passed constitutional amendments banning it, while Washington, D.C., and nine states have legalized it, three of them on Election Day last month. Yet even where it...(Read Full Post)