Supreme Court set to hear same-sex marriage from Ohio

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CLEVELAND, OH -- On Tuesday, the United States Supreme Court will hear extended arguments on cases involving same-sex marriage from Ohio, Kentucky, Michigan and Tennessee.

Those states had same-sex marriage bans upheld by a federal appeals court back in November.

Now, justices will have to answer two questions:

  1.  Are bans on same-sex marriage constitutional?
  2.  Should states with a ban on same-sex marriage be forced to recognize same-sex marriages from other states?

"So based on those two questions, they could say yes to both of them and then immediately we'll have marriage equality here in Ohio which would be fantastic," said Christopher Geggie from Why Marriage Matters Ohio. "They could say no to both of them which would not be a good ruling or they could say yes to one and no to the other which kind of sets up a split system."

This case actually originated here in Ohio and involves a man from Cincinnati. His name is Jim Obergefell. His name wasn't allowed on his spouse's death certificate.

Critics remain adamant that same-sex marriage should not be allowed, and argue marriage is meant for a man and a woman.

"Is it the people through the democratic process where this issue has always been decided or is it the courts? It's the position of the states that the people get to decide," explained one opponent.

Becky Cross and her fiance Taylor Buss, both of Lakewood, have been together since college.

They're hopeful the Supreme Court will rule in their favor.

"This is where our friends are, this is where our jobs our, this is where our livelihood is and we shouldn't have to move to some other state to have that recognized," said Cross.

 

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