On Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme court began hearing oral arguments for and against legalizing same-sex marriage. Are the justices considering if same-sex marriage should be legalized, or just when it should be?
Judging by the questions and comments the justices are making, they appear to be considering issues of timing, according to court observers Ryan Reilly and Jennifer Bendery.
Writing yesterday in the Huffington Post, they said:
“During oral arguments, the nine justices weighed whether now is the right time to force states to let same-sex couples marry, pointing to how quickly public opinion has shifted on the issue. Thirty-seven states and Washington, D.C., currently recognize same-sex marriage.”
Custom and law have recognized marriage as a union of a man and a woman for a very long time. While this is factually true, it is also true that many variations of marriage have existed in this country and elsewhere. Across cultures and history, polygamy is more common than monogamy.
Do you agree or disagree that the nationwide legalization of same-sex marriage is a foregone conclusion?
If it’s all a matter of timing, when is the right time?
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