The Supreme Court early this week appear divided on one of the biggest civil rights cases in the country’s history: whether the U.S. constitution gives gay couples the right to marriage.
Questions from the justices indicate that they were divided on the issue. Justice Anthony Kennedy has the controlling vote.
The justices seemed to have conflicting ideas over not only landing the right answer to the issue but also trying to know how to reach over it.
The justices would’ve been content being on the sidelines. But a decision made last year from a three-judge panel of the Cincinnati Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit, ended up forcing their hand.
Early this week, a schedule for two arguments was set. The first talked about whether the U.S. constitution requires states to deploy marriage licenses to two same-sex individuals. The second debated whether states should recognize gay marriage to be carried out elsewhere.