March 25th, 2013
09:15 AM ET
2 years ago

Marriage and the Supreme Court: Five things to watch

(CNN) - After years of struggle on both sides of the issue, the question of same-sex marriage goes before the U.S. Supreme Court this week. People were already lining up outside the court Friday morning for the limited number of seats available Tuesday and Wednesday, when the justices will hear oral arguments on two cases.

For those of you who won't be in the courtroom, here's a look at what to expect.

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  1. James Bond

    In god we trust? right up to voting

    March 25, 2013 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  2. James Bond

    Does anyone else think this is a result of the deteriation of our moral fabric? gods words were clear, but if there is a vote to be had, politicians falling allover themselves to get on the favorable side of a hot issue, but never really get anything done to actually help people

    March 25, 2013 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  3. James Bond

    We have more serious issues than this

    March 25, 2013 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  4. Rudy NYC

    California Prop. 8 should be struck down on procedural grounds, IMO. Public referendums should not be used to determine the civil rights, priviliges and freedoms because the minority will always lose. Refendums are for property tax rates, public school budgets, term limits, etc., not granting or denying a miniority segment of the population basic rights and freedoms.

    March 25, 2013 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  5. Larry L

    Simply don't allow the deductions from tithing given to churches choosing to discriminate. If church members feel so strongly about this issue they shouldn't mind their contributions to the church not remaining a tax deduction. Why should monies coming from discrimination be denied to the treasury?

    In the larger picture why should contributions given to churches be tax deductions? Isn't that a back-door method to have the federal government fund religion? Isn't that just another tax loophole?

    March 25, 2013 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  6. Larry L

    Those of you who think this is a state's rights issue should consideration the laws associated with segregation. If that had been left to the states many of the red states would still be segregated.

    March 25, 2013 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  7. James Bond

    Political posturing is what to expect, this is one of many issues facing repubs, good luck

    March 25, 2013 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  8. Larry L

    @James Bond

    Does anyone else think this is a result of the deteriation of our moral fabric?
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    That's a right-wing sound-bite with no real meaning. Does allowing gay people to marry make social conservatives more likely to "become gay"? When they see two gay people enjoying their lives together do they start looking at people of the same gender as potential partners? Wonder why the issue is so sensitive....

    Is our personal "moral fabric" so fragile it unravels just because other people live a lifestyle that's different from that prescribed by religious fundamentalists? When I was a kid I recall hearing our Baptist preacher explain how mixed-race marriages were a violation of "god's plan. People in the congregation were nodding their heads and feeling real "godly"...

    March 25, 2013 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  9. P G Williams

    A Judge is "The spirit of wisdom and prudence, enabling to know and discern right from wrong, and good from evil. The righteous statutes and commandments of God's decrees and purposes concerning nations, or persons". When they
    disobey God, they are no longer Judges, but Heretics.

    March 25, 2013 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  10. Rudy NYC

    James Bond

    In god we trust? right up to voting
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    Bingo, you get it. Separation of church and state.

    What's the next thing from the religious texts that you're going to ban, a la Taliban? Pork, because we should not eat of the split hoof? Shrimp and lobsters, because we should only eat seafood that has scales? What's next?

    March 25, 2013 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  11. Rudy NYC

    Larry L

    Those of you who think this is a state's rights issue should consideration the laws associated with segregation. If that had been left to the states many of the red states would still be segregated.
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    Which is exactly why deciding the rights, priviliges and freedoms should never be put to a public referendum. Minority always lose.

    March 25, 2013 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  12. Al-NY,NY

    James Bond

    Does anyone else think this is a result of the deteriation of our moral fabric? gods words were clear, but if there is a vote to be had, politicians falling allover themselves to get on the favorable side of a hot issue, but never really get anything done to actually help people
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    it sure is! I mean on my way to work, I saw mobs of thugs beating on people, locusts swarming all over, the East River was red like blood and the sky was full of fire and brimstone......get a clue Mr Bond. This has NO, NONE, affect on you other than offending your religious beliefs. MYOB an let people live in their own way. And don't even think about bringing up man/dog or any other idiotic thumper analogy. It will only further show how out of touch with reality you are

    March 25, 2013 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  13. rs

    James Bond

    Does anyone else think this is a result of the deteriation of our moral fabric? gods words were clear, but if there is a vote to be had, politicians falling allover themselves to get on the favorable side of a hot issue, but never really get anything done to actually help people
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    If we lived in Iran or some other Theocratic nation perhaps, but not in the United States of America. Our nation's laws are not bound to the Bible (or some other religious tome)- and we should be thankful for that. Remember the outrage that Sharia law might apply in Musklim enclaves in America? The same thing applies here.
    Should thhe Bibble become law, then we'd better be prepared for sorts of religiously inspired laws- and then we're actually on a trip to the Dark Ages.

    March 25, 2013 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  14. James Bond

    Rudy is correct, the way policy is written matters, look @ michigan, RTW law was tied to an appropriations bill, eaning no future administration can change it, rick snyder should lose by big numbers next election, super pac monies were why he changed his mind, the ones paying attention up here, were given insulting standard republican response, job creation, wrong! cheap work and attack on unions plain and simple, like it or not, unions help bring higher wages to all, facts dont lie

    March 25, 2013 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  15. Rudy NYC

    James Bond

    In god we trust? right up to voting
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    Oops, almost forgot. That whole "In God We Trust" thing is not in the US Constitution. It is something that the right wing adopted to replace "e pluribus unum" several decades ago, under Eisenhower. Most importantly, it is not law. It's an ideology.

    March 25, 2013 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  16. James Bond

    I have no personal stance that is sacred, im glad people have strong views, and i by no means think im more enlightened on the subject, but i do feel as though this is a craming in my face issue, sure it has to be adressed, im nott a homophobe, but they want to have their cake and eat it too

    March 25, 2013 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  17. James Bond

    I was not suggesting the end of days, nor religious virtue, only that the extreme position of changing the laws to cater to any minority religious beliefs, and the sharia law comparison was not accurate, this law does not scare me, but i dont think i have a right to tell you what is right or wrong, but claiming to be a good christian, and disregarding paasages that you dont like is wrong, just my opinoin

    March 25, 2013 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  18. rs

    James Bond

    I have no personal stance that is sacred, im glad people have strong views, and i by no means think im more enlightened on the subject, but i do feel as though this is a craming in my face issue, sure it has to be adressed, im nott a homophobe, but they want to have their cake and eat it too
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    How does having the same medical family rights, or the same ability to pay lower taxes, or the right to inherit property "cram it in your face" or why is it "special treatment" for Gays? It is about equality, not special priviledge.

    March 25, 2013 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  19. rs

    James Bond

    I was not suggesting the end of days, nor religious virtue, only that the extreme position of changing the laws to cater to any minority religious beliefs, and the sharia law comparison was not accurate, this law does not scare me, but i dont think i have a right to tell you what is right or wrong, but claiming to be a good christian, and disregarding paasages that you dont like is wrong, just my opinoin
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    We are not a "Christian" nation. By that I do not mean that we don't have a lot of "Christians" here (with many diferent beliefs- some who support Gay Marriage for example), but that politically we are not bound by "Christianity" for our laws or regulations.
    Bigger question: Why should your belief subjugate a whole class of people to secondary stautus in our society?

    March 25, 2013 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  20. Rudy NYC

    James Bond

    I was not suggesting the end of days, nor religious virtue, only that the extreme position of changing the laws to cater to any minority religious beliefs, and the sharia law comparison was not accurate, this law does not scare me, but i dont think i have a right to tell you what is right or wrong, but claiming to be a good christian, and disregarding paasages that you dont like is wrong, just my opinoin
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    You live your life, and let people who are not members of your concregation live theirs. The First Amendment defines the concept of seperation of church state, and freedom of religion. Most conservatives don't seem to realize that "freedom OF religion" also means "freedom FROM religion", which is what the whole separation of church and state thing is really about.

    March 25, 2013 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  21. lottie

    this is a human right and churches should stay out of it. You don't agree fine go to church and worship how you please but stay out of everyone else's business and worry about your own moral issues . Like all the kids in one parent homes because of divorce or no marriage at all. You don't seem to meet your own vows so don't worry about others.

    March 25, 2013 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  22. The Clear Thinking Independent

    I just hope that MILLIONS upon MILLIONS of citizens are paying attention and will hold politicians accountable. For DECADES the Republican Party has demonized various groups of people; in this case its GAYS to scare votes out of white people. ahow can any virtuous American EVER TRUST the GOP? They don`t conduct themselves honorably. Regardless of the issue, whether you are on the right or left, HOW DO YOU TRUST them?

    The issue of equal tax rates, hospital visitation, inherietance of property are covered by the Constitutuion under . . . equal protection under the law ; all men [people] are created equal. There is no wiggle room; there should be no discussion about it.

    The problem has arisen is that the religious tenet of marriage has been forced into governmental policy. the separation of Church & State has been violated.

    March 25, 2013 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  23. GOP = Greed Over People

    Mr Bond, this is what I believe, you "chri$tians" should stop blaspheming and using God's name as a reason to persecute others in His name.

    Remember, what today's mortal men believe about ancient mortal men's verbal legends, which were compiled by mortal men centuries later, and declared by mortal man to be the "word of God", has absolutely no relevance, to the stated equality rights of mortal men, as written by mortal men and declared to be The Constitution of the United States of America.

    You worry about your soul, and I will take responsibility for mine.

    Deal?

    March 25, 2013 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  24. Fair is Fair

    You worry about your soul, and I will take responsibility for mine.

    Deal?
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    Deal. And best of luck to you.

    March 25, 2013 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  25. tony

    I have no issue with if two guys or gals want to get married, but my question is, will churches against same sex marriage be forced by law to perform the marriage seremony.

    March 25, 2013 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
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