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How should the Supreme Court rule on same-sex marriage?

April 29, 2015

By Jeremy Quattlebaum, Student Voices staff writer

In the last week in April, the Supreme Court heard arguments in Obergefell v. Hodges, which will determine if four states’ same-sex marriage bans are constitutional.

During the two-and-a-half hours of arguments, the nine justices wrestled with the two questions that the case presented.

First, can a state ban same-sex marriage, or is that a violation of the Fourteenth Amendment’s equal protection clause?

The Fourteenth Amendment states: “No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States.” But does this apply to same-sex marriage? For this argument, the definition of marriage came into question. If marriage was created solely for the purpose of providing a legal framework for procreation, then same-sex marriage bans would be constitutional since same-sex couples cannot procreate by traditional means. If the definition of marriage is more akin to a social contract where states grant rights to married couples, the court could rule that the bans are unconstitutional.

Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. questioned whether deciding in favor of same-sex marriage would expand the institution of marriage or would it change the definition of marriage. He said: “My question is you’re not seeking to join the institution, you’re seeking to change what the institution is. The fundamental core of the institution is the opposite­sex relationship and you want to introduce into it a same­sex relationship.”

Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, considered to be the tie-breaking vote, joined this line of questioning. He pointed out that the state of Massachusetts started issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples for only about a decade. Before then, Kennedy said, the definition that held that marriage was between a man and a woman and that had been the case for thousands of years. Kennedy said that the traditional definition of marriage “has been with us for millennia, and it's very difficult for the court to say, oh well, we know better.”

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg questioned the validity of adopting a centuries-old definition of marriage, arguing that the definition has changed as societies changed. Historically, the justice said, marriage was “between a man and a woman, but the man decided where the couple would be domiciled; it was her obligation to follow him. There was a change in the institution of marriage to make it egalitarian when it wasn't egalitarian. And same­sex unions wouldn’t – wouldn’t fit into what marriage was once.”

The second question before the court is whether the 14th Amendment allows a state that bans same-sex marriage to refuse to recognize a union if a same-sex couple was legally married in another state.

Justice Elena Kagan said that if the court ruled that states could refuse to recognize a same-sex marriage, it would shift the precedent of who can exercise certain constitutional rights. Kagan said: “See, to me it seems as though you are doing something very different that we’ve never done before, which is you are defining constitutional rights in terms of the kinds of people that can exercise them. And I don’t think we’ve really ever done that. Where we’ve seen a constitutional right, we have not defined it by these people can exercise it, but these people can’t, especially in a case where the claims are both rights-based and equality-based.”

Update: June 26, 2015. In a 5-4 ruling, the Supreme Court found that state bans on same-sex marriage violated the equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment.

What do you think!

Are same-sex marriage bans constitutional? Do states have the right to refuse to recognize marriages between same-sex couples who were legally married in another state? Why does the definition of marriage matter when it comes to deciding if the bans are constitutional? What did Justice Kagan mean when she said that the case was asking to define the constitutional rights based on who can exercise them and who cannot? Join the discussion and let us know what you think!
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1/17/2018
Frankfort Kentucky
Austin Spencer
Western Hills Hgh School
I think that the old same-sex marriage bans/laws were unconstitutional.The Fourteenth amendment says that, “No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States.” meaning a state a can treat citizens in a discriminatory manner. Which is exactly what the same sex marriage laws use to do. They basically said if you were two males or two females that loved each other that your relationship is different from that of a male and female in the eyes of the government. Which sure sounds discriminatory to me. In my opinion the government has no right to say who can and can not get married.

4/12/2017
Diamond Bar/California
Emma
Mrs. Wong /Lorbeer Middle School
Same sex marriage is when two people of the same gender get married. The Fourteenth amendment says that, “No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges of immunities of citizens of the United States.” This does apply to same-sex marriage because now the government is wanting to make same-sex marriage illegal. If people choose to be Gay, Lesbian, or Bisexual...then that is their choice. It is not my place, your place, or the governments place to decide what we can be or what we can not be. Anyway how would making a law stating that we can’t marry people of the same gender, eliminate the fact that there still are Gays, Lesbians, and Bisexuals? It doesn’t. When a person is born, they are destined to pursue their own dreams and become a doctor, lawyer, etc. In this case, a person can become gay, lesbian, and/or bisexual.

3/28/2017
Cochran,Georgia
Kyla
BCHS
I think banning same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. It is not any of our business who people chose to love and marry. Same- sex marriage is not physically hurting anyone. Gay couples deserve happiness just like straight couples. Banning same-sex marriage is not going to keep gay couples apart. People should not be hated and disrespected because of who they date.

4/28/2016
Stroudsburg, PA
Shawn R.
Mr. Hannah/Stroudsburg JHS
I believe that banning same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. When I think of this, the first thing that comes to mind is prejudice. This nation is changing rapidly. We have learned not to discriminate race, gender, and religion. To discriminate same-sex marriage would be to discriminate a part of our country. Why should we be forced to live in an unhappy marriage? If a state were to refuse to recognize marriages between same-sex couples who were legally married in another state, it would limit their right to explore the country they live in as well. What harm can a same-sex couple bring to a state like that? When thinking about the meaning of marriage, we can't think of it as a framework for procreation, as there are even couples of different sex who don't always want to have children. Getting married doesn't mean having kids, and to ban same-sex marriage because of that would still be unconstitutional. Justice Kagan meant that we are trying to limit people in America that can exercise the rights of American citizens. To ban same-sex marriage would make the right to pursuit of happiness completely redundant.

3/18/2016
Stroudsburg/PA
Jon
Mr. Hanna/ Stroudsburg JHS
Same-sex marriage bans are practically the definition of unconstitutional. They violate one of the most known phrases of the U.S. Constitution, the right to the pursuit of happiness. If a girl wishes to marry another girl, so be it. If states had the right to deny that basic freedom, they would be in plain denial of the constitution.It should not even be a question of some people may choose to obey the constitution or not. To Do so would divide this country and could very well have drastic changes throught America.

3/18/2016
Stroudsburg, PA
Salome
Mr. Hanna/ Stroudsburg JHS
I think Same sex marriage are constitutional. I think they shouldn't be refusing same sex marriages in the eyes of law, because just like any other marragie you're are still getting married just like any married couple. The defenition of marragie matters because it's to protect kids rights in marragie.

3/17/2016
Stroudsburg, PA
Shawn R.
Mr. Hannah/Stroudsburg JHS
I believe that banning same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. When I think of this, the first thing that comes to mind is prejudice. This nation is changing rapidly. We have learned not to discriminate race, gender, and religion. To discriminate same-sex marriage would be to discriminate a part of our country. Why should we be forced to live in an unhappy marriage? If a state were to refuse to recognize marriages between same-sex couples who were legally married in another state, it would limit their right to explore the country they live in as well. What harm can a same-sex couple bring to a state like that? When thinking about the meaning of marriage, we can't think of it as a framework for procreation, as there are even couples of different sex who don't always want to have children. Getting married doesn't mean having kids, and to ban same-sex marriage because of that would still be unconstitutional. Justice Kagan meant that we are trying to limit people in America that can exercise the rights of American citizens. To ban same-sex marriage would make the right to pursuit of happiness completely redundant.

3/17/2016
Stroudsburg, PA
Gigi S.
Mr. Hanna/Stroudsburg JHS
I think that same-sex marriage bans are unconstitutional. States should have to recognize couples that were legally married in other states, because they have to recognize drivers licenses from other states, So they should recognize marriage licenses too. The definition of marriage does not matter in this situation, because society is always changing, the definitions are always changing also. Justice Kagan meant that it was wrong to say that all people are allowed to be married, as long as they were straight. Bans on same-sex marriages are unconstitutional because they limit the pursuit of happiness in many citizens.

3/16/2016
Stroudsburg, PA
Tracey
Mr.Hanna/Stroudsburg JHS
The ban on same sex marriage would violate the fourteen amendment. The fourteen amendment states that all citizens equal protection under the law, therefore anyone should be able to marry anyone they please. The United States established separation of church and state that means that religious beliefs shouldn't be intertwined with the laws of the United States.

3/16/2016
Stroudsburg/Pennsylvania
Brianna H.
Mr. Hanna/SJHS
Banning same-sex marriage is unconstitutional in my opinion. I believe that anyone can marry their own sex if they truly love someone. It is wrong that states are destroying people's relationships because they don't allow it. If a person loves a person in the same sex they should be able to have the freedom of marrying them.

3/16/2016
Stroudsburg/PA
Michael
Mr. Hanna/ SJH
I think anyone has the right to marry whoever they want to. It's their life and their choices not anyone else's. As long as they're okay with some name calling because some people are against it. Otherwise, it should be allowed

3/16/2016
Stroudsburg, PA
Sydney
Mr. Hanna/Stroudsburg JHS
I believe that the same-sex marriage bans are unconstitutional. I think the government should be worrying more about ISIS and other more important stuff instead of who you marry. I also read an article about how same-sex couples may be able to carry their own child(with the parent's DNA) someday in the future. I don't know if it was true or not but that would definitely take care of the procreation part. Besides, the definition shouldn't matter anymore because people are either not married and having a baby, adopting children that are already born, or not having children at all. There are plenty of kids in adoption places and non-married people having kids to keep the population up anyways.

3/15/2016
Murrieta/CA
Trevor
Mr.J/Creekside High
i disagree with it because you should have the choice on who you want to marriage. If one state allow it then all should. it shouldn't be unconstitutional so the label of marriage shouldn't matter.

3/15/2016
Stroudsburg, Pa
Paige
Mr. Hanna/ Stroudsburg JHS
I feel you should be allowed to marry whoever you want. Love is love, and it shouldn't matter if it's the same-sex or not. You cannot change who you love, so there should not be a law telling you who you can and can't marry, or being judged for it.

3/15/2016
Stroudsburg, PA
Madison T
Mr. Hanna/Stroudsburg JHS
I believe that it in unconstitutional to ban same-sex marriage. I believe that any person can marry their same gender if they love them. Why destroy people's relationships because they are a little different than yours? Also, it is unfair for states to break up married couples just because the state doesn't allow it. People deserve the freedom to marry a person of whatever gender they are. After all, love is love, no matter who it is you love.

3/15/2016
Stroudsburg, PA
Angelina Truong
Mr. Hanna SJHS
In my opinion same sex marriage shouldn't be denied. a marriage is when two people love each other unconditionally and want to spend the rest of their lives together and they want it on paper to be official. it shouldn't matter if it's boy and boy or girl and girl, they want to be together they want it to be official, they love each other unconditionally and even if the states deny the right of same sex marriage, they can't stop the two people from being in love and wanting to be a married couple and yea they won't be officially married but in their hearts and heads they are, they could also get married in a different state and move there, and the state the recently lived in would lose 2 amazing people in their city/state.

3/15/2016
Stroudsburg, PA
Angelina Truong
Mr. Hanna SJHS
In my opinion, same sex marriage shouldn't be denied, it doesn't ban any constitution. the amendment states that

3/15/2016
Stroudsburg PA
Lauren
Mr.Hanna/Stroudsburg JHS
I feel that same-sex marriage is what your feel. People shouldnt be treated differently and have different rules just becuase they have the same-sex marriage.I don't think that it should be ban becuase if people feel happy and love that other person they shouldn't be affected by that.

3/15/2016
Stroudsburg, PA
Gabrielle
Mr. Hanna/Stroudsburg JHS
Same-sex marriage bans are unconstitutional. You should not have to worry about how others see same-sex marriage, because no one can stop you from loving who you want to love. If you are a man with a wife (or vise versa) and someone is telling you, that you are not allowed to be with each other, is the same thing as telling someone that loving someone with the same gender can't be together. States should not be able to say wheather you can or cannot be with someone. "Marriage" to me means that you will be with someone that you love, and that person loves you back, even if that other person is the same gender as you or not. Love who YOU want to love, and not who states or anyone else says.

3/15/2016
Stroudsburg, PA
Gabrielle
Mr. Hanna/Stroudsburg JHS
Same-sex marriage bans are unconstitutional. You should not have to worry about how others see same-sex marriage, because no one can stop you from loving who you want to love. If you are a man with a wife (or vise versa) and someone is telling you, that you are not allowed to be with each other, is the same thing as telling someone that loving someone with the same gender can't be together. States should not be able to say wheather you can or cannot be with someone. "Marriage" to me means that you will be with someone that you love, and that person loves you back, even if that other person is the same gender as you or not. Love who YOU want to love, and not who states or anyone else says.

3/15/2016
Stroudsburg/Pennsylvania
Gabriella L
Mr.Hanna/Stroudsburg
I believe that same-sex marriage should be allowed in all states because you cannot change who you are or what gender you are attracted to. It is wrong of states to be able to choose or say what you can and can't do. Same sex marriage is common in some parts of the country. Love is love, you cannot change who you are as much as you try.

3/15/2016
Stroudsburg,PA
Alice
Mr.Hanna\Stroudsburg JHS
I believe that same-sex marriages bans are unconstitutional. The States have the rights to refuse to recognize these same-sex couples even if they were legally married in another state but that doesn't make it right. In my opinion the definition of the word "marriage" means being able to spend the rest of your life happily with someone who you deeply care and love for and they feel the same way in return. If the Constitution allows the pursuit of happiness then the States should not be able refuse same-sex marriages.

3/15/2016
Stroudsburg/ PA
Madison
Mr. Hanna/ Stroudsburg
I think that people should be able to marry whoever they want. It is their choice to marry a boy or a girl. It is wrong to think that every couple is going to have kids in the future because it is not true. Humans can't reproduce if they have the same gender partner. But there is another way, adoption. Love is love and no one can change who you are attracted to.

3/14/2016
Stroudsburg,PA
Hannah
Mr.Hanna/Stroudsburg JHS
I believe that same-sex marriage should be allowed because according to the 14th ammendmant they can't abridge the privileges or immunities of the United States, which means that anyone in the U.S. cannot be deprived of the love they have for someone. And should it really matter what sex you like, marriage is defined as marrying someone you love not man marrying woman to reproduce cause there are couples who don't have children.

3/14/2016
Stroudsburg PA
Caroline
Mr.Hanna/Stroudsburg JHS
I believe that people should be able to love whoever they want witout being stopped. You can't change who you want to be with and neither should anyone else. States should not be able to have a say in who someone loves. Same-sex marriage should be legal because love has no gender. There should be no rules regarding who you want to marry or who you want to spend the rest of your life with. Love is love and no one should be judged for it.

3/14/2016
Stroudsburg Pennsylvania
Miada E.
Mr. Hanna / Stroudsburg JHS
Same-sex marriage goes against the constitution.States don't deserve the legacy of saying who can/cannot get married. Just because the two people are the same gender doesn't mean they can't be unified, get married and still have a family. People cannot control who they are interested in especially because it's their personal opinion and other people can't make those choices. People should be able to marry whoever they want as long as they're happy. This is why, same-sex marriage should be constitutional.

3/14/2016
Stroudsburg/PA
Saige
Mr. Hanna/SJH
I believe anyone should be able to marry whoever. Boy and boy. Girl and girl. Boy and girl. What matters? That you are happy with someone you like and love and who makes you happy. Not that they are not cute or pretty or rich or poor. It's whoever makes you happy. So why ban something that can make life easier for people? Marriage should be legal for anyone, no matter what.

3/14/2016
Stroudsburg, PA
Sabrina
Mr. Hanna/Stroudsburg JHS
I believe banning same-sex marriage goes against the constitution in many ways. States should NOT have the rights to say whether or not someone is married even if they do get married in a different state. The definition of marriage has nothing to do with gender roles. Marriage is simply a unification between 2 people to vow their lives together. No matter who you are or what you like. Also, I believe its a terrible matter for states to ban same sex marriage. YOU CANNOT CONTROL WHAT YOU LIKE. Its not a "phase". That's just like denying someone because they like cheese ? Marriage should be legal to everyone no matter what your sexual preferences are.

3/3/2016
California murrieta
cameron
mr.jabro murrieta creekside high school
I for one do not think same sex marriage is right but i dont think the supreme court should be allowed to tell people who they are allowed to love and not love, if you love a person and truly can say that you love them and show it then you should be allowed to be with the person you love, no one should be able to control your love life.

2/8/2016
Murrieta, CA
Kameo
Mr. Jabro/CreekSide
I believe that same-sex marriage should be allowed. I know that it is not holy, but who are we to judge? If two people are in love and the happen to be the same sex, let the be in love. Innocent people are getting attacked because of their preference. That is not holy either. Yes, God made man for woman not woman for woman or man for man, but it's Gods decision at the end of the day, not ours.

12/10/2015
Pomona/California
Xuan Mai Nguyen P4
Wong/Lorbeer
Banning same sex marriages is unconstitutional because it takes away people rights and priveleges. Marriages happen when two people no matter what gender decides to tie the knot and become a family not just two separate people. In the Fourteenth Amendment , it states I quote " No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States." So banning marriages of the same sex is not allowing a same sex couple to get marry and almost forcing them to remain just dating or be straight. In the Declaration of Independence it says all men are created equal but if all men are created equal then why can't this person get married because this person loves someone that is the same sex as them while another person is able to get married because they love someone from the different sex. Marriages of the same sex doesn't pose any harm and doesn't affect to anyone or anything. I believe the states or federal government shouldn't be able to to banned or prohibit a action or cause unless it poses a threat to the community.

12/10/2015
Michigan
Aidan
Mr.Adams
i disagree with it because you should have the choice on who you want to marriage. If one state allow it then all should. it shouldn't be unconstitutional so the label of marriage shouldn't matter.

12/10/2015
Diamond Bar/CA
NicoleP5
Wong/Lorbeer
Same-sex marriage being banned is not constitutional because love isn't about what gender he or she is, it's about the affection they have towards a person. It's who they are and we can't control the decisions they make in life. We should accept them for who they are, not for which gender they like. There isn't a tradition of marriage by which type of gender you marry. When was the love about the gender of the couple? We shouldn't change it because being homosexual is who a person is and we can't change that individual. We should legalize same-sex marriage because we shouldn't judge a couple for what they are. We shouldn't judge love at all. Not everyone is going to turn out to be the same, everyone is different in their own unique way. Banning same-sex marriage is cruel because we are taking away an opportunity for a couple to be happy together. We shouldn't end a homosexual relationship just because it ruins a "tradition." Our society has changed through the years and we need accept people for who they are now and to compare our new lifestyle to how life was before because that was the past and we have to move on to see what is next for us in the future. Same-sex marriage shouldn't be banned because we shouldn't be taking love away from a homosexual couple.

12/9/2015
Diamond Bar, CA
EmilyP.4
Wong/Lorbeer
I think same-sex marriage should be legal because it is not fair to judge someone because of who they love. It is not their fault who they fall in love with. It should make no difference whether you are straight, gay, or lesbian. It is unconstitutional to ban same-sex marriage because they are just like us they are just people who love some one and want to show their love by getting married. In the constitution it says that the states can't make a law that takes away people's right and they are people, with their rights getting taken away! Our country has learned to except more more people and now we must accept them. The point of marriage is to bring two people that love each other together. If people base their opinion on what their religion their not being fair because they don't see that they are just people and deserve the same rights they have. It is not our right to judge or ban people from marriage. Same-sex marriage should be legal and so the the Supreme Court should vote to legalize it.

12/9/2015
Diamond Bar, CA
Aden P4
Wong/Lorbeer
In my opinion I would consider that same-sex marriage should be legalized because for an example a person might have a close bond to someone that is their sex and have been a couple for years but they can't even get married. This should be legalized so people are not obtained in a boundary that prevents them from marrying their lover and their own choice are decisions made by them. Know one can change what you think and the actions you obtain. I honestly don't see anything wrong with same-sex marriage because of the fact that it's those individuals decision to love the same sex as they are and it really doesn't harm anything if they are happy with one another. I often here people making fun of gays but who are they to judge I mean its an opinion that expresses to the open world that the decisions they made are what they are happy with.

12/9/2015
Pomona/California
Monica/ 5th
Wong/Lorbeer
It is completely rude to refuse someone into a state just because of who they are married to. If they were married in another state, who cares? That couple is now united as one. I am catholic. I understand that marriage is only "supposed" to happen between one man and one woman. The bible states that it is a sin to love the same gender/sex but, is it really? I honestly don't believe that God would ever discriminate against someone just for loving a person of the same gender. I feel that all heterosexuals shouldn't hate homosexuals but, accept them for who they are. We should all have the freedom to love who we want without worrying about being scolded for it. In conclusion, I feel that homosexuals should be allowed to be married.

12/9/2015
Diamond Bar, CA
AndreaP1
Wong/Lorbeer
I believe that same-sex marriage bans are unconstitutional. Back when slavery still existed, slaveholders denied slaves the right to get married because allowing them to do so meant that they were human. What is the difference between slaves and same-sex couple being denied the right to get married? There is no difference because in both situations, someone is being discriminated for no good reason. People should be allowed to marry anyone, despite their skin color or sexuality. Love is love and like many other things, it comes in different forms. To me, there is no such thing as "the definition of marriage". Marriage isn't something that can be defined in a dictionary; it can only be defined by whether or not a person can open their heart to miserable same-sex couples who are unable to show their love for each other the way that married couples can. There are many same-sex couples that are unable to get married but they haven't left one another. I believe that if a person truly loves someone, the only thing that can determine if that love is pure is how long that person is willing to wait.

12/9/2015
Diamond Bar/California
FionaP4
Wong/Lorbeer
I think that same-sex marriage bans are unconstitutional, and that the Supreme Court should rule in favor of same-sex marriage. Firstly, it is incredibly small-minded of us as a country and a people to assume that just because two people of the same gender love each other, they are somehow less deserving of equal rights, including the right to marriage. What happened to "All men are created equal?" Surely, our founding fathers didn't mean to say, "All men are created equal, except for homosexuals, because we don't like them." It's completely ridiculous to assume that people of the same gender can't feel the same emotions as heterosexuals for each other just because they happen to love someone of the same sex. Gender has absolutely nothing to do with the emotional attachment people feel towards each other, and to say that two people can't marry because they are the same gender is completely unacceptable in any civilized country, which is what we profess ourselves to be. If two people of the same gender are willing to make the commitment of marriage, then what gives anyone the right to refuse to allow them to do so? Heterosexual couples divorce all the time, so no-one can say that homosexuals are less committed to their partners. The question of whether or not same-sex marriage bans are unconstitutional is one answered very easily by referring to the Constitution. In the Fourteenth Amendment, it is stated that, “No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States.” This means that states cannot, by law, take away any citizen's rights under any circumstances. If same-sex couples, who are, in fact, citizens of the United States, are denied any right provided to a citizen of the United States by any state, that state is willfully defying the Constitution. This, and any other such action which deprives U.S. citizens of their rights, is clearly unconstitutional.

12/9/2015
Pomona/California
Olyvia P5
Wong/Lorbeer
You can't marry that person. Not because you shouldn't ,but because the world won't allow it , because the court won't allow it. I honestly don't understand why people wouldn't want a person to be with someone they love. You can't help who you love. I can't help the fact i'm in love with Johnny Depp, a 52 year old actor who ,sadly, will never love me or even know that I exist. Love is good, love is the one thing that is keeping this world from self destructing and we do not have enough love to keep this world running for much longer. We are stopping people from adding more love to our world and if you ask me, we need as much love as we can get. Don't stop someone from being happy. Let the homosexuals love who they please to love. Love is love.

12/8/2015
Diamond Bar, CA
EmilyG P4
Wong/Lorbeer
I believe the Supreme Court should legalize same-sex marriage because love is love. People should be aloud to love someone without being afraid of what people might think or do to them. By legalizing same-sex marriage, more people will not judge others who like the same sex, because people might/do think/believe if the state allows it, then its right. Why is it that a heterosexual person isn't judged, but a homosexual person is? That's because people don't like different things and since people are used to being around a lot of heterosexual people, they think that's how it's supposed to be. But, it doesn't matter because love is love.

12/8/2015
Diamond Bar, CA
Valerie
Wong/Lorbeer
I think that the Supreme Court should legalize same-sex marriage. Banning same-sex marriage is unconstitutional by the Fourteenth Amendment, as it states,"... No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property..." If the Supreme Court bans same-sex marriage then they are abridging a person's liberty to marry whomever they want. Two people of the same sex in a romantic relationship out in public does not hurt people. Some people may believe other things, but in reality nobody has a right to take your freedom of loving whomever you want.

12/7/2015
Diamond Bar, CA
Jerika
Wong/Lorbeer
I think that the Supreme Court should legalize same sex marriage because when it comes down to it: love is love. When a heterosexual person loves someone, no one judges who they love because they believe that who ever it is, they have the right to love that person. It is the same with everyone regardless of their sexuality. What if it was the other way around where homosexuality is normal and being heterosexual isn't? In our country we support tradition. We don't change the "In God We Trust" on the dollar bill because of tradition and because of the cost and labor to do so, yet, someone loving someone seems to cause so much trouble even when the dollar bill sections out a religion in which you believe in God. A man loving a woman is normal in this country. It's traditional, you could say. The Constitution also states in Amendment 14, "No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States." Enforcing a law such as banning same sex marriage is going against the Constitution and is, therefore, unconstitutional. In the end, someone is loving someone, just like a is allowed to love a woman.

12/7/2015
Diamond Bar, California
Abigail P1
Wong/Lorbeer
Banning same-sex marriage is unconstitutional because the Fourteenth Amendment states, “No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States.” Same-sex couples should be allowed to marry even if natural reproducing can not occur. If they would like to create a family, by all means, it should be acceptable in society today. This all would work perfectly because of the love that bonds people together. Love is a privilege to have and can go to any extent. Those who disagree with this need to be a little more open-minded and not be stereotypical about people who love others that are of the same sex. They need to understand how their life is and their perspectives. Anti-gay people have no right to try and control their lives, much less the Supreme Court. This would only cause unhappiness for same-sex couples. Their love needs to be able to thrive and marriage allows them to do that. No state or city or court should be able to have the power to spread sorrow to same-sex couples. The world is changing every minute, and depriving people who went along to these changes is unethical.

12/7/2015
Pomona California
Victoria Period 1
Wong/Lorbeer
The Supreme Court should rule in favor of same-sex marriage, as the bans forbidding it are unconstitutional. People should marrying someone they love for their personality, not for their gender. There have been many arguments against people being called traitors to their religion for siding with same-sex marriage, but last I checked it does not affect anti-gay people. Their life’s and how they live it have nothing to do with people unhappy with it. There is a lot of intense PDA (public display of affection) on the streets and people of the same gender holding hands offend people? Love has no limit. There are no rules that go along with love it is feeling that you cannot control. To be forced into not marrying the person you love is utter disbelief. The Fourteenth Amendment even states, “No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States.” Not ruling in favor of same-sex marriage would be contradicting the Constitution.

12/6/2015
Diamond Bar/CA
JolieP1
Wong/Lorbeer
I believe that same-sex marriage bans are unconstitutional. The Fourteenth Amendment of the Constitution states that "No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States.” By banning same-sex marriage, these state laws are taking the citizen's right to marry whoever they please. Some people argue that marriage was created as a legal framework for reproducing. However, marriage can also be seen as a way for two people to commit spending their lives together and everybody should have the privilege to this right.

12/6/2015
Diamond Bar/CA
Aubreep1
Wong/Lorbeer
I feel that same-sex marriage bans is unconstitutional. Marriage is a contract. So if people who are the same sex are willing to follow this marriage contract then I don't see a problem on why they should not get married. I believe that states do have a right to refuse to recognizing marriages between same-sex couples who are legally married in another state because each state has their own process on how they are supposed to get married. So if you got married in Ohio and then went back to California I don't think that California has to recognize your marriage because you did not get married in California. I think that the 14th amendment protects gay marriage because it states "No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States". This basically says that states cannot take away their citizens' rights, which in this case I feel that the states who do not allow gay marriage are breaking the law.

12/6/2015
Diamond Bar, CA
Jaelin
Wong/ Lorbeer
I believe that same-sex bans are unconstitutional. All people are to be treated equally regardless of race, gender, etc. Taking away a person's right to marry who they love is unconstitutional. The definition of marriage has changed now, it is no longer just a legal framework for procreation in the United States. Marriage is a joining of partners.justice Kagan says that the case was asking to define the constitutional rights based on who can exercise them and who cannot. In my opinion, the fact that a case has even reached that point where the decision is based on who can do this and who can not, is sickening. All people in the United States have constitutional rights.

12/6/2015
Diamond Bar, CA
AllyP1
Wong/Lorbeer
My thoughts on the same-sex marriage are that the United States citizens should be able to get married, no matter if it's a Male/Female, Male/Male, Female/Female, or any other marriage. The definition of marriage is "the bonding of two people," and why would a same-sex couple do any harm to society? It's not like when a child sees a same-sex couple they just automatically turn gay forever. I also believe that gay marriage is under the fourteenth amendment because the direct quote from the Bill of Rights is "No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunity of citizens of the United States." The fact that the states are voting against LGBT rights, it is somewhat unconstitutional. States are taking people's rights away. Just let people marry who they want and get over it.

12/4/2015
Watertown MA
Daniel McCurley
Mr Rimas
To start i want to say that i do believ that anyone should be allowed to marry anyone else. Who am i to tell someone that they cannoth be married. That is not what the queations asked though. it sated should the supreme court make that decision and they shouldn't. The sumpreme court does have the power to make laws. they have the power to change and interpret laws base on the constitution. The states should all have there own decsions on the matter.

12/4/2015
Watertown MA
Daniel McCurley
Mr Rimas
To start i want to say that i do believ that anyone should be allowed to marry anyone else. Who am i to tell someone that they cannoth be married. That is not what the queations asked though. it sated should the supreme court make that decision and they shouldn't. The sumpreme court does have the power to make laws. they have the power to change and interpret laws base on the constitution. The states should all have there own decsions on the matter.

12/4/2015
Watertown
Leah
Rimas
People should be able to marry whoever they want to marry. It should have nothing to do with the constitution or government. I feel as if our government has a lot of other things to be worried about than the fact that two people are going to marry each other. I believe that people should worry more about themselves than worry about what others are doing.

12/4/2015
Watertown, MA
Danny
Rimas
I do not think that states should be able to hold out on same sex marriage. I think that all 50 states should allow same sex marriage. In reality, marriage is between two people who love eachother, and their gender does not matter. I think the governemnt should just legalize gay marriage everywhere. Why should we legalize marijuana but not marriage for those who love eachother? They love eachtoher the same way that straight couples love eachother and no one should have the right to stop them from marrying eachtoher.

12/4/2015
Watertown
Michael G
John Rimas
I think that the Supreme Court should rule same sex marriage legal but legal in only certain states because it is whatever makes the people happy. If they love each other and care for each other and don't do anything to harm others then it should be legal to be married to somebody. There are a lot of other more important things Americans should be worried about.

12/4/2015
Watertown/MA
Allison
Rimas/Watertown High School
I believe that same-sex couples should be able to get married. Many arguments against same-sex include how it is against their religion. However, not everyone has the same religions or beliefs so they should not dictate other people's lives. America does not have national religion so people who believe against same-sex marriage due to religious reasons should not deny the happiness of others.

12/2/2015
Diamond Bar,CA
MichaelP5
Wong/Lorbeer
I agree with Carlos because people should be able to marry who they want to spend their lives with together. So if this country is under God, people still have freedom to their religion and who they believe in. They can be someone who doesn't believe in anything. So when they marry the same sex it doesn't affect their religion.

12/2/2015
Diamond Bar,CA
MichaelP5
Wong/Lorbeer
My opinion on same-sex marriage is the citizens should be able to love who they want. So if they are gay or lesbian they should be able to have a partner in life instead of being forced to marry an opposite sex or live alone. Also they are doing no harm to the other citizens. The Fourteenth Amendment does apply to same sex marriage because "No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States." When abridge means to shorten or take away a right. So they are taking away the right of the citizens to marry someone of their choice same sex or not.

11/28/2015
Pomona/CA
Amara Period 5
Wong/Lorbeer Middle School
My opinion is that same sex marriage should not be allowed because it's against my religion. God created a man and woman so that they could have children and multiply. This country was founded on Christian principles, for example on the currency it states, “In God We Trust”, and in the pledge of allegiance we say, “In One Nation Under God…” God created the institution of marriage, which was meant to be between a man and a woman so that man could procreate. In the fourth paragraph it says, “If marriage was created solely for the purpose of providing a legal framework for procreation…” Procreation means to reproduce, well same sex couples cannot reproduce, therefore sex couples should not get married. So because I am a Christian and this country was founded on Christian principles, I believe that same sex marriage should not be allowed. However my opinion is based on my Christian beliefs, not on a broad interpretation of the Constitutions right to liberty. When the Constitution was developed it didn’t specifically address same sex marriage, because it wasn’t an issue them. So does the Constitution specifically forbid gay marriage? No. Does the Constitution specifically allow gay marriage? No. Same sex couples ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law, and the constitution grants them the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness" is a phrase in the United States Constitution. Therefore based on the fact marriage originally meant to multiply the earth, I firmly believe same sex marriage should not be allowed.

11/27/2015
Ontario/California
RaquelP1
Wong/Lorbeer
The Supreme Court should rule in favor of same-sex marriage, as same-sex marriage bans are unconstitutional. The Fourteenth Amendment of the Constitution clearly states "No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States." Some claim that this Fourteenth Amendment right does not apply to same sex-marriages because the couples from those marriages cannot procreate, and marriage was created for the sole purpose of reproducing. Some people have medical conditions that prevent them from reproducing, yet their marriage is considered legal. Additionally, some states that have banned same-sex marriage refuse to recognize a union if a same-sex couple was legally married in another state. By doing so, these states are "making and enforcing laws that are abridging the privileges of immunities of citizens of the United States," by not recognizing a legal marriage. People can't choose who they fall in love with, so they should be allowed to experience the joy and happiness that others do by marrying the love of their life.

11/16/2015
Murrieta/ CA
Maria
Jabro/ Creekside Highschool
I believe that same-sex marriage should not be allowed because God created man and woman to bond together in holy matrimony not man with man or women with women. In the 4th paragraph it states that the definition of marriage was created for the purpose of providing a legal framework for procreation. Wouldn't it then be difficult for same-sex couples to procreate? And not only that but the foundation of the U.S is based on God, in the pledge of allegiance we say, "one nation under God" on our money it says, "in God we trust." If we throw that one simple principle away and ignore the fact that the U.S is bound on God because "society has changed" then might as well not have structure at all. As a christian I feel that even though society is changing rapidly, God has always been the same and is always going to be the same. So why change something that has been working for years just to fit in with the world?

11/11/2015
Canton Michigan
Taaha
Mr.Fite/Canton Prep
My opinion is that same sex marriage should not be allowed because this is against my religion and other religions. I don't know why the Supreme Court made this law legal and they should really regret their decision. This sounds and looks uncomfortable to people. God made human beings to marry the opposite sex.

11/10/2015
Canton, Michigan
Reggie Cooper
Mr. Fite / Canton Prep HS
I think that same sex marriage should be allowed because people have a right to happiness. They might end up being happy with the same sex and want to marry them.

11/10/2015
Canton MI
Carlos
Mr. Fite/ Canton Prep High School
I think that same sex marriage should be allowed because people should be able to marry who they want to marry. Even if this county is bound to God, people still have the freedom to religion and also to not follow a religion.

11/9/2015
Canton MI
Carlos
Mr. Fite/ Canton Prep High School
I think that same sex religion should be allowed because people ghouls be able to marry who they want to marry. Even if this county is bound to God, people still have the freedom to religion and also to not follow a religion

11/5/2015
Canton, MI
Aantaniece
Canton Prep HS / Mr. Fite
I feel as if Gay Marriage should be equal as different sex Marriage is because we are all people and if you love someone you should not be judged for who they are we should be able to be treated equally because it is not fair to gay people because basically you guys are saying they are not welcomed because they love the same sex and it just isnt right because our society is based of religion and why gay people should be punished for things when really we all are a lie and similar but once someone see a girl or a boy with another girl or another boy they instantly get judged for it and it just is not right we should all be treated with respect.

11/5/2015
Canton, MI
Trovon
Mr. Fite / Canton Preparatory High School
I think same sex marriage shouldn't exist because it's against my religion personally and possibly others. Also it can make people uncomfortable and a lot of people are against it.

11/5/2015
Canton MI
Presleigh Anderzak
Mr.Fite/Canton Prep Hs
I believe same-sex marriage shouldn't be allowed because it's against what I believe, and God didn't make woman and woman and man and man to be together, he made woman and man to be together. Knowing that everyone doesn't believe in the Christian faith, and there are many problems between the people who are for it and who are against it, the court shouldn't allow same-sex marriage in order to stop further problems in the future.

11/5/2015
Canton, Michigan
Lauren Kneip
Mr. Fite / Canton Prep HS
I believe same sex marriage should not be allowed in the United States. I say this because the USA is bound on God, and the way He would do things. For example the Pledge Of Allegence says "under God." If we are supposed to have our nation act like God himself then why would gay marriage be allowed, If God's will is the opposite of same sex marriage? It wouldn't be. I belive that following God and His way is the only way, therefore, it should not be allowed because it is not something He wants.

11/4/2015
Canton MI
Basima
Mr.Fite/Canton Prep
Same sex marriage should be allowed because everybody should be allowed to love who they want. Also, what other people do with their own personal lives shouldn't matter so much to others. Just because a certain group of people don't agree with the idea of same sex marriage, doesn't mean we shouldn't allow it. Everybody is equal and we all deserve to love who we want.

11/4/2015
Canton,MI'
Calvin
Mr.Fite/ Canton prepatory high school
I feel same sex marriage should not exist because its against religion,can make people very uncomfortable, and many people are against this decision. No state should be allowing these decisions due to these claims and reasons. Everyone should be looking more into this than just accepting it as is.

11/4/2015
Canton, Michigan
Sheena
Mr Fite / Canton Prep HS
In my opinion,I think single sex marriages should not be allowed in the United States because it goes against Christian religions and because of this,people who are in single sex marriages face a lot of problems in regards to the church's laws. Considering the fact that the Christian religion can't be changed everywhere, the US should simply stop gay marriages in order to avoid further problems with the religion.

11/4/2015
Canton, Michigan
Amiya Parker
Mr. Fite/ CPHS
I think same sex marriage should be allowed because it isn't anyone's business who you love. As an American or a citizen of the US, I believe you should have the right to marry whoever you want at long as it makes YOU happy.

11/4/2015
Canton, MI
Donnie
Mr. Fite
I believe that they should rule that same-sex marriage should be legal because people have their own interest and we shouldn't punish them for that.

11/4/2015
Canton
Caden
Canton Prep
Same sex marriage should not be allowed to proceed in the US because it's causing problems with christian religion and their churches. For example a few months ago their was a lady that refused to marry 2 gay people because it was against their religion, but because it was a law that was passed by the supreme court, she was later arrested for not marrying them because it was against their religion. Either they should ban gay marriage or the christian churches should be allowed to refuse marrying a gay couple.

11/4/2015
Canton Michigan
Devin Jackson
Mr.fite
I think same sex marriage should not be allowed. My God made men and woman to be attracted to the different sex, not the same sex.

11/4/2015
Canton
Caden
Canton Prep
Same sex marriage should not be allowed to proceed in the US because it's causing problems with christian religion and their churches. For example a few months ago their was a lady that refused to marry 2 gay people because it was against their religion, but because it was a law that was passed by the supreme court, she was later arrested for not marrying them because it was against their religion. Either they should ban gay marriage or the christian churches should be allowed to refuse marrying a gay couple.

11/4/2015
Canton / Michigan
Isabella
Mr. Fite / Canton Prep HS
In my opinion, I definitely think that same-sex marriage should be allowed in the U.S., as we are a free, equal country. The same-sex marriage bans are unconstitutional because the 14th Amendment states, "No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States." This quote represents the freedom of privileges of the U.S. citizens, one being marriage, which is what same-sex marriages are. All marriages are equal, and they are a privilege, and therefore legal; so, the Supreme Court should allow same-sex marriages across all states.

11/4/2015
Canton / Mivhigan
Sarah
Mr. Fite / CPHS
I think that same sex marriage should be allowed because anyone should have the right to love who they please and live a happy life. Although others may argue that it is against their religion, it should be left between that person and God, and the government/anyone else has no right to butt into their business.

11/4/2015
MI
Omar M
Canton Prep
I don't believe in same sex marriage because it is against many religions. The supreme court should ban same sex marriage forever.

11/4/2015
Canton, MI
Sarah Weier
Mr. Fite
I believe that same-sex marriage is a great step and should be allowed because America speaks of pursuit of happiness and freedom. America is supposed to be a place of freedom and pursuit of happiness but if you cannot love who you love then we (America) is not keeping the promise of freedom. How does not being able to follow their pursuit of happiness help make American what it claimed to be?

10/27/2015
Idaho
Seanna
Logos Private Christian School
I believe that it should be aloud and this is coming from a girl who goes to a Christian school. But if your religion does not believe in same-sex, the government should have no right to butt in your business, it's your right to believe in your own religion. Just like that man who owned the bakery that was not right of the government to take away the business. What they gay couple should have done it put a complain on the website and the man who owned the business would have lost people who went to his bakery.

10/15/2015
Wildomar, Ca
Erik
Jabro,Creekside
People of the same sex all the right to get married no what the government says. Outher than it is against the 14 th amendment why should they have any right to say that two people that love each Outher that they can't live the rest of there lives happy and marrie

10/6/2015
Murrieta, CA
Alize
Jabro - Creekside
The surpreme court should (and does) side with same-sex marriage since happiness is a birthright and freedom is an American right. So as a person born or living in America, they should have the right to spend the rest of their life with the person they love and be able to do it legally. To say a same-sex couple can not expirence the joy every human should expirence at their wedding or be not able to collect SSI due to the fact that they were never married is herendous. In no way, shape, or form should any person be denied rights, simply because someone does not agree with their beliefs or lifestyle.

10/2/2015
Sidney/MT
Cade
Mr. Faulhaber/ Sidney High School
Everyone has the right for the pursuit of happiness. So if the same gender people want to marry each other I don't have a problem with that. It doesn't affect me. But it does go against the bible. So if they choose to do so its their choice. I think gay marriage should be allowed.

10/2/2015
Sidney, MT
Marcus
Mr. Faulhaber/ Sidney High School
I believe that everyone has the right to be happy. So if a man wants to marry a man or a woman wants to marry a woman then they should be allowed to do so. Simple as that

9/24/2015
murrieta ca
jennifer
Mr.Jabro Creekside highschool
I believe that everyone has the right to happiness but at the same time it really isn't a good idea quoting most of these old fashioned Americans. But again times have changed and people need to realize things are progressing. This shouldn't have just been brought up by officials tho. What they did was unconstitutional, honestly it was overruled and shouldn't have. Might as well not care what citizens had to say, yea it lead to happiness to more but the thought of the people actually having an opinion would have made things a little bit better. Most Americans don't agree with this same-sex marriage thing and to be honest i'm not for it but again i'm not against it.

9/15/2015
Murrieta,ca
robert
Mr. Jabro Creekside highscool
I believe that the same-sex marriage ban upon state to state is wrong but do believe that the forcing of the proposition on states and citizens is as well. I believe that it should have been voted in and not just brought on by officials, and in a way proved to states that being un-constitutional was ok to do. Personally i believe both parties are wrong, state and federal, but in the eyes of state law- makers, the do have the right to no have it in states, but should be voted per state. If states, not officials, but residents of the state agree on it not being voted in, then it shouldn't. It's wrong to force a group of "free" Americans to have too practice something they don't believe in so my standing is, make it a proposition and have a vote.

9/14/2015
Murrieta, CA
michel
Mr. Jabro Creekside Highschool
not everyone follows the same tradition. the only standpoint between same sex marriage and marriage of the opposite sexs is the guidelines of ones religion. we have the right to practice whatever religion we want therefore stating anothers religion shouldnt define our rights by saying same sex marriage is wrong therefore taking away individual rights in favor for another which is wrong.

9/8/2015
Murrieta, California
Austen
Jabro
Traditional traditions for Marriage is based on a commitment between two of the opposite sex. But this is a tradition not something that should be controlled. The 14th amendment is in breach by not allowing same sex-marriage. The concept of same-sex marriage is more negatively viewed from a religious standpoint.

9/3/2015
california murrieta
cameron
mr.jabro creekside high school
on the same sex marriage since i am christian i dont believe in that stuff but i know that some people have to hide it and feel ashamed of it and stuff but shouldnt everyone feel comfortable with how their sexuality likings are and its there lives if they wanna go and do what they like and love or what there likings are then they should be able to instead of someone telling them they cant it shouldnt be left up to someone else to tell them if its okay or not especially the law to tell them if is okay , but in my opinion i dont think its right but i o belive everyoe should be able to be happy with their love lifes

9/2/2015
Sidney MT
Maika
Mr. Faulhaber
I like fact that now anyone can marry no matter your interest. I don't think marriage like that is wrong. Everyone has a right to have happiness and if that means marrying and spending the rest of your life with a person the same sex as you. Go for gold.

9/2/2015
Sidney, Montana
Tayler Fischer
Mr. Faulhaber/ Sidney High School
I think that a state should not be able to ban same-sex marriage. Everyone should be able to make their own decisions and it isn't fair for couples of opposite sex to marry and those of the same sex not be able to marry. Same-sex couples will be together whether they are married or not and I don't see it getting in anybody else's way. People can't help who they fall in love with. I also don't think that religion should be involved with Government because there are so many different religions and some people don't believe in that kind of thing.

9/2/2015
Sidney,MT
Christian Eggar
Mr.Faulhaber
I don't think that the U.S. Supreme Court should allow same sex unions. The reason behind this is for one i am a christian and yes i think its wrong but lets move past that. If this country was founded on christian principles then why allow it? If we are the one nation under God that we claim why do we allow same-sex unions? Now yes i think that every person should have the rights endowed by the Constitution but when it violates the united states foundation then why do it? By all means if someone would like to marry the same sex in a state that allows it do it there. But do not force the entire states of the union to agree with this principle. Not i am not hating on any gays i am just saying what i believe is right to do and what isn't. Thank you for letting me comment God bless.

9/2/2015
Sidney High School
Mikayla Holley
Mr. Faulhaber
One thing I want to get out of the way here is a simple opinion. I believe that religion should have no say in government issues. I believe them to be illogical. You do have the freedom of religion, but to let it rule the government is irrational. This is the main reason why some states are offering a same-sex marriage ban. This ban is very much unconstitutional because it invades your basic human rights. One main reason of marriage is the benefits that come with it. Even with gay marriage legalized, they still don't have the protection they need, nor do they even get the benefits of a heterosexual marriage. They can still get turned away from businesses and their children can be turned away from colleges just because of their sexuality.

9/2/2015
Sidney, montana
Micala morehouse
Me. Faulhaber, Sidney High School
I believe that same-sex bans are unconstitutional. I believe you should be able to marry who you fall in love with, no matter it be male or female. Love is love and putting restraints on love only makes the love stronger. The government and state shouldn't be allowed to tell you who you can and cannot marry.

9/2/2015
Sidney, Montana
Sadie Rasmussen
Mr. Faulhaber/Sidney high school
You can not control who you fall in love with. Whether it's women and man, man and man or girl and girl. Who you want to marry should only be between you and the one you love. The government or the state should not be able to come between the love of your life per-say. It is alright if you do not agree with same-sex marriages you have a right to state your opinion. Whether it is because of your religious believes, how you grew up or how you feel about same-sex marriages. But that is your opinion live your own life not try and control someone else's life because it makes you unhappy. No person should have to fight for their own right to marry who they love. If it wasn't going to happen on the last week of April, they would keep fighting until they win. To me trying to stop same-sex marriages violates the Fourteenth amendment right. Which basically states everyone is equal and going out of the way specifically for same-sex marriages violates that right of everyone is equal.

9/2/2015
Sidney, Montana
Alexis Haggerty
Mr. Faulhaber
I think that the supreme court should allow same-sex marriage. You cannot control who you fall in love with and for some people it is of the same sex. I don't think states should refuse to recognize marriages between same-sex couples if they were legally married in another states.

9/1/2015
Sidney, MT
Robert Horton
Mr. Faulhaber
I think that same sex marriage is fine. If you don't hurt anyone or anything around you, you should be free to do whatever you what. Isn't that the great thing about America? Being free! While some might find it offensive or an abomination; they do not and they have every right to express their feelings, even love.

9/1/2015
Sidney, Montana
Desirae Fasching
Brad Faulhaber
Same-sex marriage bans are unconstitutional, and can cause conflict with our Fourteenth Amendment rights. It is taking away a persons priveleges of marrying the same-sex in whom they love and care for. We all see same-sex marriage at different view points, but it all boils down to who someone loves and cherishes and why should it be any differnent for a gay couple as it is to a straight couple.

9/1/2015
Sidney, Montana
Alexis Fasching
Brad Faulhaber
It goes hand in hand. No, you cannot control who you fall in love with. Most people will argue that it is just a choice. You have your own rights as a human and if you liking the same-sex is going to be "unconstitutional" then they need to change the legality of the definition of what and who marriage is for. With this being said, every state should have the same, basic outline on marriage. No one state should be left to fight against same-sex marriage if every other state is all for it.

8/13/2015
Murrieta Ca
Ali
Jabro Creekside
I believe that the supreme court should allow same sex marriage because in all honestly you cannot choose who you fall in love with. it shouldnt matter who gets married because that is not the business of anyone but the couple. i dont think its a violation of the fourteenth amendment, times have changed and so should the rules. i dont think states have the right to refuse to recognize marriages between same sex couples if they got married in another state because if its legal in that state then it wouldnt matter.

6/7/2015
Stoudsburg, PA
Parker
Mr.Hanna SJHS
The Supreme Court without a doubt should allow same sex marriage. They should not restrict anyone from marrying another person no matter if they are the same sex. I think this violates the 14th amendment. They are being abridged the privilege to marry who they choose. It is unconstitutional to not allow gay marriage.

6/5/2015
Stroudsburg/PA
Amber
Mr. Hanna/SJHS
I don't think that same sex marriage bans are unconstitutional. There is nothing in the Constitution against it. I don't think that states shouldn't recognize same sex marriages that were legalized in another state though. If two people of the same sex get married in a state where same sex marriage is legal, they should be recognized in every state as a married couple.

6/5/2015
Stroudsburg/PA
Adjoa
Hanna/SJHS
The Supreme Court should allow same sex marriages. For hundreds of years, many people have been fighting for their freedom and demanding equality. Keeping them away from the person they love is hypocritical, unfair, and unconstitutional. By doing this, the Supreme Court might as well not allow anyone to get married or have other rights. Therefore, it is unconstitutional, unfair, and hypocritical for same-sex marriages to be illegal.

6/5/2015
Stroudsburg
Mickenna
Mr.Hanna
I believe that the Supreme Court should alow same-sex marriages because it doesn't matter apon what sex, race, or how you look. If you decide someone you like a lot it shouldn't be weird to like someone of the same sex. Marriages of the same-sex shouldn't be discriminated or denied because it is "weird," the fact that people make fun of these people are weaker than the people who "are" Those people. Yes they stand out more, but making fun of people that stand out is like making fun of people who stand out through history like Albert Einstein or Rosa Parks.

6/5/2015
Stroudsburg
Tessa
Mr. Hanna/SJHS
I believe that putting a ban on same-sex marriagesis unconstitutional. I believe that marriage is a form of expression and people have the freedom of expression. Plus, I believe that marriage should not be classified as marriage and same-sex marriage. It should just be marriage. I states do not have the right to ignore same-sex marriages that happened in other states. All people should have the same marriage rights.

6/5/2015
Stroudsburg pa
Emma
Mr Hanna / sjhs
I think same sex marriages should be approved. Love is love. & nobody should be able to tell you that what your doing isn't right or is wrong. It's not wrong, everybody is different . And there should be no law against who you can marry. It shouldn't matter. If you don't like it then you don't have to go to their wedding or even look at them. Same sex marriage should be legel.

6/5/2015
Stroudsburg,PA
Taylor
Hanna/Stroudsburg JHS
I do not think that banning same-sex marriage is constitutional. What is the most valuable things Americans have are our basic rights. We have the right to life liberty and pursuit of happiness. As Americans we are allowed to exercise our right of pursuing happiness in anyway we want as long as it isn't violating others rights. For many people marrying homosexually is how they are pursuing their happiness. They are not violating anyone else's rights or causing harm to anyone else. Even if same-sex marriage isn't something that you agree with, It is clear to see that it is not constitutional to ban it.

6/5/2015
Stroudsburg, PA
Nigel
Mr.Hanna/Stroudsburg JHS
Bans on same sex marriages are unconstitutional.The government should not have the power to deny anybody who is in the love the right to get married. Same-sex couples who are prohibited on getting married do not get the same rights as married couples do. If anything were to happen to their partner they would not receive the benefits like married couples do. Love is love and the Supreme Court should rule that same-sex marriage bans are un-constitutional.

6/4/2015
Stroudsburg, PA
Brianne
Mr. Hanna/Stroudsburg JHS
I think that same-sex marriage bans are unconstitutional. Kennedy stated that the definition of marriage was between a man and a woman and has been for thousands of years. Although that is true, anything is capable of change. Marriage is much more then what sex you marry. It's about happiness, commitment, compromise, and most importantly, love. If all states were to support gay marriage, that would ensure that gay couples would have the same rights as heterosexual couples. The Supreme Court should rule that same-sex marriage should be legal in every state.

6/4/2015
Stroudsburg, Pa
Owen
Mr.Hanna/SJHS
I do not think that banning same-sex marriage is constitutional. Marriage is marriage, if it is between a man and a man or a women and a women. Also, I believe that it is up to a person to love who they want to love and that the state should have no say in it at all. A person has the right to be happy and should be allowed to love who ever they want if it makes them happy.

6/4/2015
Stroudsburg,PA
Taylor
Hanna/Stroudsburg JHS
I do not think that banning same-sex marriage is constitutional. What is the most valuable things Americans have are our basic rights. We have the right to life liberty and pursuit of happiness. As Americans we are allowed to exercise our right of pursuing happiness in anyway we want as long as it isn't violating others rights. For many people marrying homosexually is how they are pursuing their happiness. They are not violating anyone else's rights or causing harm to anyone else. Even if same-sex marriage isn't something that you agree with, It is clear to see that it is not constitutional to ban it.

6/4/2015
Stroudsburg, PA
Joel
Mr Hanna/Stroudsburg JHS
I believe that banning same sex marriage is by all means unconstitutional. Although the constitution never specifically addresses same sex marriage, the fourteenth amendment which states “No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws." Banning same sex marriage directly conflicts with this amendment as it is discriminatory toward same sex couples. The word liberty means, the state of being free within society from oppressive restrictions imposed by authority on one's way of life, behavior, or political views. The banning of homosexual marriage directly contradicts this definition as homosexuals are given the oppressive and unfair restriction of not being allowed to marry. Originally marriage was completely independent of politics and was a commitment between two people. Same sex couples are more than capable of making such a commitment and honoring it, and therefore should legally allowed to marry.

6/4/2015
Stroudsburg PA
McKenna
Mr Hanna/ Stroudsburg JHS
I don't think that banning same-sex marriage is constitutional. The Supreme Court should let people get married even if they are the same sex. Love is love, if they love eachother than it should be aloud. When you have a vote people are gonna rule that it should not be aloud because that's how they were raised. People were raised thinking that you can only marry the oppisite sex. It's not like it is bothering anyone. People have their rights and to be happy is one of them and if they can't be with who they love then they will not be happy.

6/4/2015
Stroudsburg, PA
Gabriel
Mr. Hanna/Stroudsburg JHS
Same-Sex marriage is constitutional because people and citizens should marry the people they love and no law or person should interfere with that. States should allow same-sex marriage even though in their eyes the concept looks completely ridiculous for a lack of a better word. People and citizens are allowed these types of decisions and many, many more. If people love and really want to marry another person that is their same gender, then allow them that opportunity to do so. No one should interfere with that whether it's unconstitutional or not.

6/4/2015
Stroudsburg, PA
Juliet
Mr. Hanna/Stroudsburg JH
No, I do not think that banning same-sex marriage is constitutional. Everyone has the right to be happy and love who they want. I think that the four states that have it banned are being unconstitutional. The constitution does not say anything against same-sex marriage but it does protect people's rights and happiness. This is why I believe that banning same-sex marriage is going against the rights in the constitution.

6/4/2015
Stroudsburg PA
Nick Fedor
Mr. Hanna / stroudsburg JHS
I think that love is love. No doubt about it. For humans it's how we survive. It's how we reproduce. And if you love a person of the same sex then I think that there is no limit. You can't limit love. My grandparents were 10 years apart. My grandfather died from old age of 78 and my grandmother of a "heart break" at 68. She loved him so much and when he passed it literally killed her. The pain was so much, her body just couldn't handle it. So if two males or two males find each other in love I say go for it. And no one should stop them. By the courts saying that they cannot get married makes them different than other humans. But their not. They are made of the same things o everyone else. So them saying that they can't get married is treating them inhuman. Which is unconstitutional. I rest my case.

6/4/2015
Pennsylvania/ stroudsburg
Danya
Mr. Hanna/ sjhs
I think they should allow them to have gay marriage because everyone is equal. No matter what it's love and love is love. If they are happy let them be... We shouldn't discriminate against gay people everyone is different in unique ways????

6/4/2015
STROUDSBURG/ PA
Bartek
Mr.Hanna/Stroudsbugr JHS
I think that the Supreme Court should rule same-sex marriage to be Contitutional. I believe that you should be allowed to marry whoever you want because it's your life and you will spend the rest of your life with that person and not anyone else so they should not tell you if you should marry a men or a women! You should be the one to choose!

6/4/2015
Stroudsburg,PA
Sherri
Mr. Hanna/Stroudsburg junior high school
I think that we should not have same sex marriage in this country and I think it is very stupid. Also it causes trouble in other countries. This is why we should not have same sex marriage in this country.

6/4/2015
Stroudsburg / Pa
Amyah
Mr.Hanna / Stroudsburg Jr High
I believe that people should marry the people they love. There shouldn't be a rule that you can't marry someone that you love.You should marry whoever you want. We are all human. If people with the opposite sex can marry each then why can't the people with the same sex marry each other. Marriage shouldn't have a rule on if you are the same sex or not. Love is love marry whoever you want.

6/4/2015
Stroudsburg/ PA
Kelsee Schouppe
Mr. Hanna/ SJHS
I think that Supreme Court should rule same-sex marriage constitutional. People should have the right to marry whoever they want. Courts can't tell people that they can't marry the person they love. That's completely going against our right of our freedom. The person we love and want to marry is our decision. Gay or bi, we have that right to love that individual person.

6/4/2015
Stroudsburg/PA
Katie
Mr. Hanna/SJHS
I believe that banning same-sex marriage would be unconstitutional. The abolition of same-sex marriages would take away basic human rights and destroy equality; something that our nation has been building for hundreds of years. As well as this, I don't think that the legal definition of marriage should be taken into consideration when deciding whether or not these certain marriages are constitutional. Marriage was created in the first place to unite 2 people who share a love in the face of the government.

6/4/2015
Stroudsburg
Kelsey
Mr. Hanna
In my opinion, the Supreme Court should allow same-sex marriage in all of the United States. Why not? If you are gay, then you agree. If you are not, if someone marries a person of the same sex, will it really effect you? Will it hurt you? Will it stop you from doing things you used to do? No! So why should the Supreme Court rule against it? Your argument against this may be, "It's against nature. It's not the way the world is suposed to be!". Who says? Who has the right to tell other people who to love? It is inhuman to tell someone you can't marry the person you love most.

6/4/2015
Strousburg/pa
Emily Schwartz
Mr. Hanna/strousburg junior high
Same sex marriage is constitutional because people should have the right I do what they want. States do not have the right to refuse same sex marriages because it is their right to marry who they want to marry. The definition of marriage doesn't matter. It only matters if they love eachother. Justice Kagan means that the constitution doesn't have the right to tell them to like different sexes or the same sex.

6/4/2015
Stroudsburg, PA
Devin Garlick
Mr. Hanna/ Stroudsburg JHS
I think banning same sex marriage is unconstitutional. Marriage is a way for 2 people who love each other to show their love and to bind themselves together for the rest of their lives. I also feel that states dont have the right to refuse to recognize same sex marriqge, if two people are married they're marriage should be recognized even if the state they live in dosent allow same sex marriages

6/4/2015
Stroudsburg, PA
Karissa
Mr. Hanna/Stroudsburg JHS
The Supreme Court should leave people alone. It doesn't matter if people are gay or bi. If you take away people's rights to love who they want whether they be gay or bi you are taking away their rights and violating the Fourteenth Amendment. People should be allowed to love who they want and marry who they want whether it be a boy and a boy or a girl and a girl. People have that right to chose who they want in their life they should not have that right taken away because the Supreme Court doesn't think its right for people to like people of the same sex. I see nothing wrong with people of the same sex getting married and you shouldn't either. If they love each other they love each other. Case Closed.

6/4/2015
Stroudsbrug/Pennsylvania
Anthony Cabrera
Mr. Hanna/Stroudsburg Junior High School
I think that it shouldn't be aloud in public. It should be on there own time where people and children can't see what they do

6/4/2015
Stroudsburg,PA
Sarah
Mr. Hanna/SJHS
I think that same sex marriage shouldn't be ruled on. Everyone has the freedom to love however they want no matter the gender combination. Also, who cares if the couple were getting married in a different state. If a state bans same sex marriage, they refuse to recognize if they got married in a state that allows same sex marriage. I still think all dates should allow people to like the people they like.

6/4/2015
Stroudsburg, PA
Casie
Mr. Hanna/Stroudsburg JHS
I think same sex bans are not constitutional at all. If your in love with someone and want to get married, you should be to have a wedding.States should not be able to refuse sent sex couples from other states. The definition of marriage is a couple wanting to stay together forever and same sex marriage is the same thing.She meant that everyone should be able to have the same rights when they get married, if your the same sex, it's still the same.

6/4/2015
Stroudsburg/PA
Jayle
Mr.Hanna/Stroudsburg JHS
I think that same sex marriage should be allowed in all states because it doesn't matter because it's their life not yours. Yeah it's usually a guy marring a girl but if a guy wants to marry another guy or if a girl wants to marry another girl then that's ok. They will be happy. An amendment states that everyone should be equal and have freedom so if that case then same sex marriage should be allowed in all states.

6/3/2015
Strousburg PA
Alefiyah
Mr.Hanna
I believe that same sex marriage shouldn't have to be banned by any state. Marriage is not just created for a legal framework of procreation. There are many gaining benefits from marriage, such as tax benefits, death benefits, employment benefits, family benefits, and much more. Deciding on favor of same sex-marriage will not be changing the benefits of current marriages itself that has been traditionally between a man and a women. The benifits of marriage can be the same, but it can be applied by same-sex couples. The Supreme Court needs to focus on the definitions of the benifits of marriage itself. Same-sex couples want to get married for the same benifits as different sex couples out there. Just focusing on the definition of marriage itself is not fair, because both female sex and male sex all alike, gay or not gay, should have the same rights as each other.

6/3/2015
Stroudsburg, PA
Hana
Mr. Hanna/Stroudsburg JHS
I think that same-sex marriage bans are unconstitutional. I don't think that states have the right to refuse recognizing marriages between same-sex couples who were legally married in another state. If a married opposite-sex couple did the same thing, the state would still except it, so I don't see what's wrong with a same-sex marriage doing the exact same thing. I don't believe there is a definition of marriage. Marriage is supposed to allow two people to spend the rest of their lives together and gender should not matter. Justice Kagan means by her statement that the rights were passed under certain circumstances, not in all circumstances. For example, if the supreme court ruled same-sex marriage illegal, then they are saying you have the right to marry anyone, except someone of the same gender. They are basing the rights on who can preform them. I think that anyone can marry whoever they like because you cannot put a rule on feelings.

6/3/2015
Stroudsburg/PA
Hirali
Mr. Hanna/Stroudsburg Jr. High
When anyone falls in love with someone it doesn't matter if they are same sex or not. I think the states have no right to refuse to recognize marriages between same-sex couples who were legally married in another state. If they even did why would someone like to interfere in someone's personal life and even tell them that same-sex is not allowed. I think it is fair for same-sex to get married, and no one has right to tell us where we should get married. They could ban the marriage affects people, but I don't think same-sex marriage effects anyone.

6/3/2015
Stroudsburg,PA
Karen
Mr.Hanna/Stroudsburg
I believe that the states should not have the right to refuse same sex marriage. I believe that because why should they tell you who to marry and who to not marry they are basically telling people that you can not marry this person because they are the same gender as you and you must marry the opposite gender. This is limiting the people's rights and destroying equality. It will not be effecting anyone else's lives it's someone else's live and they should be able to marry who ever they want.

6/3/2015
Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania
Victoria Arce
Mr.Hanna Stroudsbug Junior High School
Absolutely not, I think that ALL people have the right to love who they love. It doesn't matter that they are the same or different sex. NO ONE will ever be able to have a say on what someone does with their heart. And the Supreme Courts shouldn't have a say either. Not even the highest of the courts should tell people what to do with their hearts.

6/3/2015
stroudsburg, PA
Alexa
Mr.Hanna/Stroudsburg
I think same sex marriage is acceptable and I don't see anything wrong with it. It's their life and people who arnt part of that persons life then they shouldn't have a say in who another person should marry. If someone loves another person then they should be able to marry them and not have others hating them for it. It effects nothing if people of the same sex get married.

6/3/2015
stroudsburg/PA
Gabby
Hanna/ stroudsburg
I think the Supreme Court doesn't have the right to refuse same sex marriage. If you love someone who are they to tell you you can't marry them. It's wrong to judge people on who they want to be with

6/3/2015
Stroudsburg / Pa
Amyah
Mr.Hanna / Stroudsburg Jr High
I believe that people should marry the people they love. There shouldn't be a rule that you can't marry someone that you love.You should marry whoever you want. We are all human. If people with the opposite sex can marry each then why can't the people with the same sex marry each other. Marriage shouldn't have a rule on if you are the same sex or not. Love is love marry whoever you want.

6/3/2015
Stroudsburg PA
Dylan
Mr. Hanna/stroudsburg
People of the same sex all the right to get married no what the government says. Outher than it is against the 14 th amendment why should they have any right to say that two people that love each Outher that they can't live the rest of there lives happy and marrie

6/3/2015
Stroudsburg/PA
Annika
Me. Hanna/ Stroudsburg
I think people should be married to those who they love and you shouldn't take away the right to love whoever you want. It's unconstitutional to take away the right to happiness, because that is basically what you are doing. And like someone else said, it's not effecting the government in any way. It's just letting people be who they want to be with.

6/3/2015
stroudsburg, pa
ava
Hanna/stroudsburg
I believe that states do not have the right to refuse same sex marriage. why would they? who are they to tell people who they can and cannot be? it doesn't effect the state officials in any way, nor does it harm them. that is taking away the basic rights of people, and that is not equality.

6/3/2015
Stroudsburg, pa
Nataliya
Mr.hanna sjhs
I don't think the states have the right to oppose same sex marriage because it doesn't really affect them in an important way. I think justice kagan meant that it really shouldn't matter what you are to be able to excersise the constitution

6/3/2015
Stroudsburg/PA
Adam
Mr.Hanna/sjhs
I don't think this should be to complicated for the Supreme Court. If people are different sex and can get married. Why not Gays or Lesbians.

6/3/2015
Irving Texas
Hans
Nimitz
Speaking from standpoint of a politician it's hard to say given the vagueness of the Constitution, which is the sole reason this debate has continued for so long anyway. From the standpoint of a human being, no, it isn't. To prevent any one from being able to pursuit their own personal happiness when it doesn't infringe on anyone else is absolutely wrong. If deemed unconstitutional by the courts then no, the states couldn't refuse a same sex marriage. To see whether it's a matter of financial befits or not ultimately. Judge Kagan meant that at the end of the day this debate aims to either maintain the US constitution by allowing every one equal rights or to take the rights away from certain Americans for no legitimate reason.

6/1/2015
Irving/Texas
Kamille
Bradley/Nimitz
The fact that we even have to ask ourselves if same sex marriage bans are unconstitutional or not says volumes about our “great” nation. Our freedoms have been compromised for laws, regulations and support all under the stances of Christianity, despite religious freedoms and separation between church and state. Of course your sexuality plays a role into your personality but it should not be the only thing that people notice. The subsections of humanity that are different from the majority of the race have been targeted for centuries. For goodness sake, this is what starts wars and ends lives. No, same-sex marriage bans are no constitutional, why should it even be questioned? Someone who wants to marry someone else of the same sex should not have to go to another state just to be recognized. I live in Texas, if I wanted to get married to another female I would have to travel up the nation to a different state, only to return to my home state that will not recognize my love. The US was split into states to help better spread and enforce the power and laws from the central government, so why it the the central government let matters such as personal freedoms be debated by the state governments? The definition of marriage is related to Christianity, when this is enforced by government through laws this is just another way to discretely bind Christianity and the American government together. What Justice Kagan was referring to was something we have in fact already dealt with in AmerIca, the treatment of blacks. Kagan was recognizing the fact that the states are trying to take constitutional rights away from certain people, not all people, which in itself should be unconstitutional.

5/21/2015
Washington/ NJ
Sarah
Rokosny/ WHHS
The question of same-sex marriage has been on the rise in the last decade, increasing pressure on the Federal Government to take action. Many legislators argue for or against the "traditional" definition of marriage, however they fail to recognize that no federal law explicitly defines marriage. Without a definition, same-sex marriage is neither protected nor denied under federal law. State laws vary, some refusing to recognize same-sex marriages between states. Whether or not this violates the 14th amendment, the Defense Of Marriage Act (DOMA) set a precedent in 1996 that inhibits the federal government from superseding state bans. I believe that the Supreme Court should be considering the constitutionality of DOMA, through the appropriate process before making a decision on state bans.

5/21/2015
murrieta / ca
omaree
mr.jabro / creekside high school
i believe that the supreme court should rule in favor of same sex marriage because the united states was founded on the words "land of the free" that means can and live a life you choose to live doesn't say land of the straight free. i believe if the constitution doesn't separate sex by law we shouldnt make up our own and try to enforce it. we are america lets us be happy the way we please with who we please

5/21/2015
Washington
Henna
Rokosny/Warren Hilla
The ban on same sex marriage would violate the fourteenth amendment. The fourteenth amendment states that all citizens have equal protection under the law, therefore anyone should be able to marry whoever they please. The United States established separation of church and state, that means that religious beliefs should not be intertwined with the laws of the United States.

5/21/2015
Washington/New Jersey
Antonia
Rokosny/Warren Hills Regional High School
There is a separation of church and state. Many individuals do not agree with same-sex marriage due to their own religions and beliefs that marriage is a sacred union joining man and woman together as one. However, under law we are all equal. We have the freedom to the pursuit of happiness and do as we please as long as we do not cause harm to others. Same-sax marriage bans are unconstitutional. States do not have the right to refuse recognition between same-sex couples if they are legally married in another state. Many states are allowing same-sex marriages, causing couples of states that ban the marriage to legally marry in their neighboring states. Considering it is 2015, many citizens have adopted more open-minded views causing same-sex marriage to be more accepted today than it was 50 years ago. The definition of marriage is not gender specific in the law, but strictly by conservatives bound by their religion causing that claim to be irrelevant to those not practicing any religion. Our 14th amendment constitutional rights provide equal protection of the laws. Since the Constitution does not define marriage, our rights must be exercised accordingly. Many states allow marriage between humans and objects, therefore, same-sex marriage bans need to be barred. Marriage is based on love and unity, so we should not put restricts on that.

5/21/2015
Washington, New Jersey
Meg
Mrs. Rokasny
States should be allowed to determine if they will prohibit or allow same-sex marriage to occur. The 14th Amendment does say,“No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States.” But the state is not infringing on its citizens. Marriage is not in the Constitution. The Constitution does not protect the right to marriage and therefor the 14th Amendment is not being broken. The members of that state have voted to either allow or not allow same-sex marriage and should abide by the voice of the majority, that is the definition of a democracy after all. Each state should be able to decide on its own whether or not same-sex marriage is allowed.

5/20/2015
Irving/TX
Sajni
Bradley/Nimitz
The ban on same sex marriage is unconstitutional because they oppose the fourteenth amendment which allows United States citizens to not have their privileges like marriage abridged. Furthermore if the definition for marriage is based on procreation then why are people who never will or never intend to have children allowed to be married? Also the world is constantly changing therefore our views will always be evolving , we can't be bound by the past with such words.

5/19/2015
Irving/Texas
Ali
Ms.Bradley/Nimitz
It is hard to determine if same sex marriage is constitutional considering the vague wording of the constitution. I believe that until same sex marriages are federally adopted, other states can legally refuse to recognize them. The definition of marriage is relevant to the constitutional argument because it helps determine what the founding fathers originally wrote.

5/13/2015
Irving/Tx
Eddie
Bradley/Nimitz
in my point of view there are two types of marriages, the ones that the state recognizes and the one that the church recognizes. So that being said state bans on same sex marriage is unconstitutional. If the government wants to give advantages to married people then they have to give the same advantages to people of every lifestyle.

5/12/2015
Murrieta/CA
Julianna
Jabro/Creekside
Same sex bans are unconstituional. States have rights to refuse to recognize marriages between same-sex couples who were legally married in another state because every state has its rules and regulations. The defintion of marriage matters when it comes to deciding if the bans are constituional because they cannot reproduce like a regular tradition with opposite sex married couples.

5/10/2015
Irving/TX
Rabab
Bradley/Nimitz
Same sex marriage bans are unconstitutional because they contradict with the 14th Amendment which says “No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States.” Same- sex couples are refuse to grant marriage license in some states which takes away their governmental benefits in oppose to couples who have marriage license and are considered married such as favorable treatment in tax, inheritance, and insurance status, immigration rights, rights in adoption and custody, decisional and visitation rights in health care and burial, and yet others. By banning same sex marriage these privileges are being taken away which contradicts with the 14th Amendment. Even though same sex marriage bans are unconstitutional, same sex marriage is still illegal in some states which gives them the right to refuse to recognize marriages between same sex couples who were legally married in another state. The word marriage does not have a single meaning. Marriage, has first, civil rights aspect, second, an expressive aspect, and finally, religious aspect, therefore the definition of marriage matter when it comes to deciding if the bans are constitutional or not.

5/8/2015
Hoover
Nick and Taylor
Parker/Spain Park
We believe that individuals who choose to be partners with the same sex should be allowed to marry legally. One point that I want to make is that the U.S. has established it's separation of church and state, which means that religious beliefs should not be bounded to the laws of the United States. Also, the fourteenth amendment protects people as equals which should be taken into consideration when it comes to marriage rights. All U.S. citizens are equal.

5/8/2015
Hoover, AL
William
Mr. Parker
I believe the court should not allow same sex marriage to be regulated on the national level. If same sex marriage is allowed the be regulated nationally it will take away rights from the states. The constitution separates national and state powers. If we allow rights to be taken away from the states then the government will become too nationally based, ultimately we will go back to what we left.

5/8/2015
Hoover, AL
Connor Pendleton
Mr. Parker
I think the Supreme Court ban on same sex marriage is constitutional. The state governments should be deciding if they want to recognize same sex and not the national government. For the record, the national government should not be forcing one belief upon society. I personally believe true marriage is defined between a man and a woman due to biological reasons and compatable reasons.

5/8/2015
Hoover alabama
leon
Mr.Parker
the Supreme Court should rule the marriage ban constitutional because marriage is between a man and a wife. same sex couples cannot procreate by traditional means. also states should have the right not to recognize same-sex couple because not all states wants same sex marriage. its should not be force into society because same sex marriage is what a small group of people want

5/6/2015
Hoover Alabama
Will McCown
Mr. Parker
the same sex marriage ban is constitutional because the states have the rights that are not clearly given to the federal government states should have the right of their own population of what is right and wrong it should not be forced across the entire country what just a few states agree with

5/5/2015
Murrieta/Ca
Marco
Jabro/Creekside
The ban on same-sex marriages are unconstitutional, due to the impediment on the citizen's right for the pursuit of happiness through the ceremony of marriage. States should also not have the right to override the ruling of another state, in the matter of same-sex marriage. The knowledge of the definition of marriage is crucial to any case of same-sex marriage. The definition dictates the joining of two persons as partners in a relationship. This, by definition, doesn't exclude same-sex marriages thus nullifying any attempts for bans on the case. The state can't even claim it under freedom of religion because if the persons believe in same-sex marriage, then it is there right to do so.

5/5/2015
Irving/TX
Carol
Bradley/Nimitz
No, same-sex marriage bans are not constitutional because they 1. Violate the 14th amendment and 2. Rely on a centuries old, and primarily religious, definition of the word marriage. States do have the right to refuse to recognize same-sex marriages because even though it shouldn't be, same-sex marriage is still illegal in many states. The definition of marriage is often questioned because of the connotations that come with the word. In order to properly rule on a case, a definition must be established, but we should also put into account where the definition came from: religious context, merely recognizing patterns, etc. What Justice Kagan was referring to was something we have in fact already dealt with in AmerIca, the treatment of blacks. Kagan was recognizing the fact that the states are trying to take constitutional rights away from certain people, not all people, which in itself should be unconstitutional.

5/5/2015
Irving/Texas
David
Bradley/Nimitz
Same sex marriage bans are unconstitutional. It all comes down to how one defines marriage, which traditionally is the legal union of a man and a woman. States do not have the right to refuse the recognition of marriages between same-sex couples legally married in another state because we should all see ourselves under the same roof, that is, the United States and not “just Texas” or “just Georgia” marriage licenses. The definition of marriage matters when it comes to deciding if the bans are constitutional because it has to do with how we interpret the constitution. Under the 14th amendment, citizens’ rights and liberties are protected. Marriage, however, is a right and the way we define it today is different from how it was defined 100 years ago because of changing societal norms and acceptance of others. We are a much more liberal people today and are open to different opinions. To reflect this changing generation, we should shift our definition of marriage to include, not change, same sex couples. Justice Kagan meant that this case was bringing into question who could or could not exercise their constitutional rights; it wasn't necessarily bringing up if same sex marriage was legal, but rather bringing up who could exercise their right to marriage based on their gender and sexuality. At the end of the day, marriage is just a piece of paper that says you’re legally entitled to receive joint benefits and take control of your spouse’s last dying moments should they ever be a vegetable; as long as you’re happy, that’s all that should matter.

5/1/2015
Irving/Texas
Jayden
Bradley/Nimitz
Because they conflict with the XIV amendment, I don't believe that same-sex marriage bans are constituional whatsoever. In Section I of the XIV amendment, it states "[n]o state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws." The key word in this section of the constitution is "liberty." By definition, liberty is the "state of being free within society from oppressive restrictions imposed by authority on one's way of life, behavior, or political views." Banning same-sex marriage is an oppressive restriction strictly based on one's way of life. Banning same-sex marriage is a form of stripping a piece of one's liberty from them, which is, in fact, unconstitutional. Because this fine group of united states live under a huge blanket that is the United States Contitution, each state, in my eyes, is required to follow this constitution. Therefore, I don't believe that states have the right to refuse same-sex couples who were married in another state. The definition of marriage plays a small part in deciding whether these bans are unconstitutional or not, because the definition of marriage includes the fact that same-sex couples do, in fact, qualify as a legal, proper, married couple. In conclusion, I don't believe that these same-sex marriages are constitutional, due to the fact that these bans go against what shapes our government that we experience on the daily.

5/1/2015
Murrieta/CA
Julianna Diane
Jabro/Creekside
States have the right to refuse to recognize marriages between same-sex couples who are legally married in another state because they are allowed to believe their own beliefs and their own opinions. The definition of marriage matters when it comes to deciding if the bans are constitutional because if could be in the way of people having their own freedom.

4/30/2015
Irving/Texas
Brittany
Bradley/Nimitz
No, same-sex marriage bans are not constitutional because they are in direct conflict with the 14th amendment. Regardless of the definition of marriage, denying that privilege on grounds mainly discriminatory would cause a conflict. If same sex marriages are legalized nationwide or if same sex marriage bans are found unconstitutional by the Supreme Court then no, states will not have the right to refuse to recognize legal marriages. I don't think that the definition of marriage matters with regards to the constitution, only when it comes to the opinions of the judges and the public. Even if the majority of the public has been exposed to one primary definition of marriage, it doesn't change the fact that other definitions exist. It is just a way to bring attention away from what may be a very unconstitutional thing to appease the views of those for same sex marriage bans. I think that Kagan is saying that whatever the decision is, it will either give or take away rights to a certain group of people based solely on what some feel a definition of a word may be, which would disregard the 14th amendment.

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