Supreme Court hears arguments on same sex marriage ban

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Updated: 3/26/2013 5:28 pm Published: 3/26/2013 4:19 pm

Historic arguments on Tuesday at the U.S. Supreme Court over same sex marriage.

But there is no guarantee of a historic ruling.

Some of the arguments in the case suggest the justices may punt this case or issue a narrow ruling that only affects California.

FOX23’s Scoot MacFarlane was in the room for arguments and reports a sweeping ruling that will impact all 50 states is far from certain.

Inside the room it was heard in the justice’s words and in their voices. They weren’t just questioning whether California’s same sex marriage ban is constitutional; they were questioning whether they should even be hearing this case.

The front of the U.S. Supreme Court was a wall of people.

Supporters of California’s same sex marriage ban, like Vivien Pineda, “Ther are young people who believe that marriage is between one man and one woman.”

And gay marriage supporters, like Cathleen Wiedenhoeft, who traveled from Tulsa for the hearings, “this is a historic time for our nation, equality for all formed our nation.”

Just seconds after arguments began, justices questioned whether the case should even be heard.

In part because the people challenging California’s same sex marriage ban aren’t state officials, but citizens.

"They have no proprietary interest in it. It's the law for them, just as it is for everyone else," said Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

One justice says legal same sex marriage is newer than cellphones and the internet and perhaps the court should wait longer to rule.

Justice Antonin Scalia questioned, “When did it become unconstitutional to exclude homosexual couples from marriage?”

Charles Cooper, the attorney defending California’s ban said gay marriage would hurt the quote- institution. “Redefining marriage will have real world consequences and it is impossible for anyone to forsee the future accurately.”

Ted Olson, the attorney arguing against the ban disagreed, “this is a measure that walls off the institution of marriage, which is not society's right."

Arguments ran nearly twice as long as expected, perhaps a sign the supreme court recognizes the significance of the case. On Wednesday, the court will hear arguments over the federal ban on some financial benefits afforded to same sex married couples.

A court ruling is expected by June.

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Mayor Maynot - 3/26/2013 6:55 PM
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Heterosexual individuals create new tax paying individuals #8•]]

Mayor Maynot - 3/26/2013 6:33 PM
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Equality ? It's neither equal or fair to compare GLBT to heterosexual individuals. It's ok that they consider themselvs equal to each other. They know that they can never be equal to heterosexual individuals. That's why they neglect to say a nice word like heterosexual. No comparing reality with imaginary values.
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