Justices rattle both sides on same-sex marriage

by Josh Gerstein,  Politico

Historic arguments on same-sex marriage at the Supreme Court Tuesday left both sides with something — in each instance, really, someone — to worry about.

For supporters of gay marriage, the fears were stoked by Justice Anthony Kennedy — long considered at the vanguard of gay rights on the court — who came out of the gate early with questions about the dangers of upending the long tradition of limiting marriage to opposite-sex couples

“The word that keeps coming back to me in this case is: millennia,” Kennedy said, referring to how long civilized society has conceived of marriage as a bond between one man and one woman. “This definition has been with us for millennia. And it’s very difficult for us to say, ‘Oh, well, we know better.’”

The scare for opponents of gay marriage came from Chief Justice John Roberts, who suggested the case might be resolved as a simple matter of sex discrimination — without even having to wade into the issue of how laws that affect gays should be treated by the courts. Read the entire story.


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