U.S. Supreme Court Justices Appear Divided in Historic Gay Marriage Arguments

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WASHINGTON, DC (FOX News) – Supreme Court justices appeared sharply divided Tuesday as historic arguments on gay marriage ended, with one pivotal justice asking tough questions of both sides. 

Justice Anthony Kennedy, who often is seen as the swing vote, said gay marriage has been debated for only a decade and wondered aloud whether scholars and the public need more time. He said marriage has been understood as one man and one woman for “millennia-plus time.” 

“It’s very difficult for the court to say `We know better,”‘ Kennedy told Mary Bonauto, a lawyer representing same-sex couples. 

Kennedy, in the course of arguments, posed skeptical questions of both sides, only adding to the uncertainty over how the Supreme Court may rule in this landmark case. He also pressed attorney John Bursch, representing the states that ban same-sex marriage, to explain how granting gay couples a right to marry would harm traditional marriages. 

A decision is expected in late June.

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