Local Take on SCOTUS Case

MEDFORD, Ore. — The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments on Tuesday on California’s ban on gay marriage, known as Proposition 8.

Challengers to Prop 8 argue the 14th amendment guarantees “equal protection”, so defining marriage as only between a man and a woman violates their equal rights. Some supporters of Prop 8 say voters, not the high court, should decide on gay marriage.

Local advocates and legal experts say they’ll be watching this case closely in the coming months. Bill Mansfield, a Medford attorney and expert in civil rights law, says that it is a big deal when the Supreme Court chooses to take on a case.

Out of 10,000 or so petitions each year, the court only takes around 75 or 80. At stake here is whether or not the issue of same-sex marriage is even subject to majority vote, and he says the passionate opinions outside the court should not have a big impact on the legal proceedings.

“Just entertainment. We all like to experss our opinions publicly, but hopefully it won’t affect the court,” said Mansfield.

While hearings take place Tuesday, the court isn’t expected to make a decision for another six to eight months. That decision will be binding, but it can still be reviewed again in the future.


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  1. Ceil says:

    Same sex marriage is not of the Lord. In studying the scriptures you will see how the Lord destroyed the earth because of sexual promiscuity. Once through the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah and then again when Noah built the ark. Whether we approve of SSM or not, the Lord clearly says not to be involved in this kind of sin along with many other types of sin. So do we follow what society teaches; or, do we stand with what God commands. Same sex marriage will have no citizenship in heaven along with many others who commit other types of sin. Without knowing who God and His son Jesus are and following God’s commands, heaven is not where one will end up. Hell is the destination for sinners whether we agree or not. It’s a choice to follow our own will. God does not make us follow His will. However, His plan will prevail as it always has in His timing. If you don’t believe in God, well, that’s your choice as well. But remember God give’s everyone on earth a chance to follow Him and everything we do is a choice.

  2. Citizen A says:

    As a believer in Christ then you must agree all humans are sinners, including yourself. You are correct in that everything we do is a choice. There is no crime against a person in same-sex marriage and equal benefits should apply to all. It is best to work on one’s self and not point outward at others. When you have reached perfection, please let us know.

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