Yesterday, attorneys argued in front of the Supreme Court on whether to redefine marriage to include gay couples. Hundreds of protesters stood outside debating and holding rallies.
The justices seemed deeply divided as they grilled both plaintiffs and respondents during oral arguments in the landmark marriage case, Obergefell v. Hodges, which is scheduled to be decided in June.
The separation between the liberal and conservative justices was very apparent. Justice Anthony Kennedy, usually considered a swing vote, expressed concern in changing what has been recognized as marriage for a “millennia.”
However, in a very alarming statement, Justice Kennedy made a comparison between the current battle to protect marriage and the civil rights battle African-Americans faced saying, “It was about the same time between Brown and Loving as between Lawrence and this case.”
Justice Kennedy was referring to the thirteen years between decisions in the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education decision (ending racial segregation in schools) and the 1967 Loving v. Virginia decision (overturning Virginia’s interracial marriage ban) which have a similar time frame as the 2003 Lawrence v. Texas decision (overturning Texas’ law that outlawed sodomy) and Obergefell v. Hodges being argued currently.
To hear the complete oral arguments, click the link below:
Please ask for God’s intervention in the minds of our Supreme Court justices to preserve the institution of marriage.