Supreme Court Considers Wading Into Gay Marriage Debate

The Supreme Court justices will meet on Friday to decide whether to accept five cases from states where judges have ruled against gay marriage. That would allow the court to clarify whether states have the power to restrict marriage to a man and a woman, The Washington Post reported.

Gay couples are hoping the Supreme Court will ultimately decide that same sex couples have a constitutional right to get married anywhere in the country.

Same sex marriage is now legally permitted in 36 states plus the District of Columbia. In most states where gays are allowed to marry that right has been conferred through litigation and not through changes in legislative statutes or popular referenda, the Post reported.

The latest state to allow same sex marriage is Florida, where the law goes into effect Tuesday. A federal judge in Tallahassee ruled the state’s ban on gay marriage was unconstitutional. A county judge jumped the gun and conducted the state’s first gay marriage ceremony Monday.