People Gather At Supreme Court For Same-Sex Marriage Debate

12:59 PM, Mar 24, 2013   |    comments
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WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- History is about to be made yet again at the United States Supreme Court. In days, debate over gay marriage equality will take center stage.

On Tuesday, the first item is California's Proposition 8, which restricts marriage to heterosexual couples.

"In four and a half years, public opinion has changed, so we are hoping that we can join the other nine states, plus D.C. That have legalized same-sex marriage," Jason Wonacott, a California native said. 

The arguments won't be light, proponents of proposition 8 have sounded off, encouraging the courts to stay out of the debate and rather let people decide. 

The Proposition 8 debates will be followed by the defensive marriage act arguments on Wednesday. Something Jeffrey DeSoto came from New York to see.

"The ruling is pretty much central to my life as a gay man and this may be one of the most important rulings in cases that comes before the Supreme Court within my life," he said. 

The court is being asked whether or not congress can pass legislation that treats same- sex couples who are already married under the laws of the respective state different from opposite sex couples. Currently, nine states and the District recognize same-sex marriages.

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