The Supreme Court says Friday afternoon that it will take up the debate on same sex marriage. For now, nothing changes in California, but the court's ruling could have national implications. The day after the State of Washington issues marriage licenses to same sex couples for the first time, the Supreme Court decides it will take on the national issue. One of the cases they have agreed to hear involves Prop 8, California's ban on same sex marriage.
“This is really about a state's rights to decide its laws. The State of California has voted, not once, but twice, to legalize, or make Prop 8 the law,” said Pastor Jim Franklin, a Prop 8 advocate.
Pastor Franklin supports the ban, but advocates for same sex marriage feel Prop 8 is unconstitutional.
“Yes people can vote hatred and discrimination and bigotry into laws but the reality is, those laws, just because you have the right to vote, does not make them right,” said Robin McGehee, and advocate for same sex marriage.
The Supreme Court could rule one of three ways. It could continue the ban on gay marriage, allow it in California but not require it in every state, or address whether the constitution requires all states to allow same sex marriage. A decision is expected to come down around June.