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Lawyers urge Supreme Court to allow gay marriage nationwide

Same Sex Marriage Advocates Rally At San Francisco Court HearingWASHINGTON — The lawyers challenging California’s Proposition 8 urged the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday to rule that gays and lesbians across the nation deserve an equal right to marry, ratcheting up the pressure on the Obama administration and the justices.

Rather than seek a narrow win based on the special situation in California, the legal brief argues that marriage should be available as a constitutional right to all loving and committed couples.

“We believe this is a matter of fundamental rights,” said Washington attorney Ted Olson shortly after filing his legal brief with the high court.

Next week, the Obama administration must decide whether to take part in the California case by filing a “friend of the court” brief.

For the complete Los Angeles Times story, go here.

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15 Comments to “Lawyers urge Supreme Court to allow gay marriage nationwide”

    Mr Holmes said:
    February 22, 2013 at 12:18 PM

    Enopugh already with this hypocritic issue which is rediculious. A male and female couple got arested for kissing in public what a shame they got arrested. Yet I can explain a man and woman kissing to my child but all this exposure of same sex. Being together needs to be kept behind closed doors. I dont care what your sexual preferance is just keep it behind closed doors our children dont need to see or hear about that gay crap! I cant even begin to explain this to a child. NO MORE ENOUGH IS WAY MORE THAN ENOUGH!

      Suzanne said:
      February 23, 2013 at 4:11 AM

      You shouldn't be a parent. If your worried how to explain love and acceptance, wheter your sexual preference or not,you should just do us all a favor and drop them at a firehouse.

    guest said:
    February 22, 2013 at 3:41 PM

    why isn't polygamy legal as well????

    guest said:
    February 22, 2013 at 3:42 PM

    let's legalize all sexual perversion!

    Meg said:
    February 22, 2013 at 5:50 PM

    I’m all for treating others with dignity and respect but “calling a zebra a horse” is not the same. Marriage was instituted for the procreation of children and a stable environment to raise them. Love was not apart of the equation consistently until very recently in perspective of human history. To say homosexual marriage is equal to heterosexual marriage is ludicrous and those who believe it are only kidding themselves. I feel like I’m stuck in the Emperor’s New Clothes story and the ones who are “naked” are the ones pushing for “marriage equality” and everyone is too scared to say its not. Our country is decaying morally and it’s time to stop moral relativism and call a spade a spade.

      Guest said:
      February 23, 2013 at 4:19 AM

      So, if you're not producing children it's not a marriage? Should Supreme Court rule infertile couples marriages void? Something sounds uneducated about your post. We don't need more judgement, hate and homophobia in this country being sold as "morality".

        Meg said:
        February 25, 2013 at 10:33 AM

        Yup that’s right. Science is hate and homophobia according to your logic. Man and woman have unique physical characteristics which make them physically complimentary, unlike a homosexual union.

        I would also like to state that this country is founded on the freedom to practice ones religion in accordance to their teachings and to allow such “unions” is a violation of respective faithful to practice their religion. And by that same token, you are forcing your morality on them.

      Guest said:
      February 23, 2013 at 4:21 AM

      Dunno if you read, but most of us hetero couples aren't doing so well statistically in the marriage, adultry, divorce, broken homes, children who grow up and go on shootings thing. Maybe more tolerance would help us all.

    Joanna said:
    February 23, 2013 at 3:52 AM

    It's amazing the republicans want to minimize federal government intervention on Americans lives……unless you are gay, black. A woman or unborn. Then they have much to say. And why are republicans spending $3MM of taxpayer money to preach inequality? The USA is behind the times, never. Separated church and state and hiding behind a bible that actually preaches love, acceptance and not judging isn't a step in the right direction. To deny citizens rights just cuz they are gay is very…unamerican.

    Alex said:
    February 23, 2013 at 4:07 AM

    Imparting hate is why USAs interpretation of Christianity and the USA itself is dyeing and nothing they used to be or have potential to become. Not just homophobia, but immigrating in migrant workers over scientists, women's rights and pay disparity. Tax inequality. The list goes on. What a waste. So much hate in USA against their own.. Hopefully your Supreme Court is less myopic than many of your hateful (non Christian acting) citizens and will be on the right side of history.

      Meg said:
      February 25, 2013 at 10:39 AM

      I would like to say that abortion is not a woman’s right and that those who oppose it will be one right side of history so to speak. The “right” to take another life because it is deemed as inferior to your own is the highest level of intolerance and is the root of the moral decay of our society as well as relative moralism. We as a society speak of acceptance, but “bully” the most vulnerable, the unborn, the disabled and the elderly

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