Less than two years ago Supreme Court had refused to rule on the constitutionality of same sex marriage and allowed the federal ruling permitting this union in California. However it refused to make marriages between gay and lesbian couples legal throughout the land. Supreme Court has now agreed to give a ruling on the constitutional status of same sex marriage.
The ground situation today is 36 states and the District of Columbia holding three fourths of the nation’s population permits same sex marriages and legal experts feel that it is high time that the highest court of the land settle this issue once and for all.
The Justice face a split in the appellate court and it will hear 2½ hours of oral arguments in April before issuing a ruling when the court term ends in June.
Richard Socarides, a onetime senior adviser on gay issues to former President Bill Clinton said, “We are poised for a very important decision that will settle once and for all one of the great civil rights questions of our time.”