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Supreme Court Weighs in on Same Sex Marriage
GAINESVILLE- The Defense of Marriage Act defines marriage as only between a man and a woman, this week though this definition is being put under the judicial microscope of the federal courts.
Religious leaders at St. Augustine Church like Father David Ruchinski say, “In the history of our country there hasn’t been this question of if religion has a different view from government about what constitutes a marriage, what would we do about that, in the main, people have been sort of in agreement about that, i mean as recently as 2008 with the passage of proposition 8 the majority of the people of the state of California said they accepted a traditional view of marriage.”
But the tides have turned since 2008, a recent CNN O-R-C international poll shows that 56 percent of Americans believe the federal government should recognize same sex marriage.
The court will make a decision on this case before their term ends in June.
If the supreme court strikes down proposition 8, only California will be immediately affected and same sex marriages will again be allowed and recognized.
The other potential outcome is that the Supreme court can uphold proposition 8 and defend state rights to ammend their constitutions.
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