Same-sex marriage now in the hands of Supreme Court Justices

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SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 Utah) A landmark same-sex marriage case was argued before the highest court in the country Tuesday morning.

Now, the fate of gay couples across the country lies in the hands of nine justices.

The core question of this case is do same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry?

It stirs strong emotions from both sides.

“Every child deserves both a mother and a father,” said Gayle Ruzicka with the Utah Eagle Forum.

“Marriage is a constitutional, fundamental right,” said Kent Frogley with the Utah Pride Center.

The Supreme Court is considering the arguments and will settle the debate once and for all.

The court heard a case out of the 6th District Court of Appeals.

That ruling upheld a ban on same-sex marriage in Michigan, Ohio, Tennessee and Kentucky.

With so much at stake people all over the country are keeping a close eye on the case.

Here at home opinions on the hearing are just as different as the issue it self.

“I think that they are going to rule in favor of marriage between a man and a woman. I really do,” said Ruzicka.

“Marriage equality, which was before the court this morning will soon be a settled issue in this country and marriage access is something that will be available to all people,” said Frogley.

Supporters of traditional marriage are encouraged by the discussion on states rights.

“Should nine people totally change our culture across the United States? Shouldn’t it be the choice of the people for changes to be made? And I like that they are having that discussion, because that’s what we’ve all been saying,” said Ruzicka.

Supporters of marriage equality are confident, because only one appellate court ruled against them.

“There is a lot of legal momentum in the country. I think that speaks to the strength of the argument before the courts,” said Frogley.

To be decided by nine justices who seem split.

The deciding vote will likely come from Justice Anthony Kennedy.

The historic decision is expected to come down by the end of June, 2015.

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