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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 Friday if same-sex marriage is legal in California.

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 Propostion 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.''

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? Tell us in comments.

—City News Service contributed to this report.

Julia Nelson December 01, 2012 at 03:52 AM
No group should be able to deny rights to another group. Don't see any way the court could legitimately uphold Prop. 8.
Steven Black December 01, 2012 at 10:19 AM
God, as our Creator, defines what marriage is... Not mankind... We need to listen to Him because He is love and wants only what is best for us... We wonder why we have the litney of problems that plague our society... Whether we try and redefine who He truly is, or distant ourselves from His council, we our leading ourselves down a path which will lead to our destruction... Ultimately, our decisions to go against our Creator's will in many areas will bring His judgment upon us... He has not changed, and neither has human nature.. These decisions have been made many times in the past, and have lead to the demise of nations... There is joy in serving God according to His Word... He is willing to forgive any sin... For His mercy is greater than sin... God bless, and seek to please the One who gave us life... Who wants us to live it abundantly... We are on His earth, and we must abide by His rules...
Sarah Creeley December 01, 2012 at 08:55 PM
Thank God in this country, unlike many others, we have freedom of religion AND separation of church and state. Equal rights must be given to ALL people.
Greg Coppes December 01, 2012 at 10:23 PM
It would be best if the court didn't hear the case. If they do it will cause all kinds of strife. In the end they will have to rule prop 8 is unconstitutional. To rule otherwise would show them to be a political entity instead of a judicial one.
Cathy P. December 04, 2012 at 03:57 PM
"cause all kind of strive" for who? What part of the rights guaranteed in the Constitution don't you understand?

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