YouSpeak: Same-Sex Marriage
Supreme Court takes up the issue as the country watches
Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in two cases that could have a dramatic impact on the future of same-sex marriage. In one, the court is asked to consider whether California’s voter-approved ban on gay marriage violates the U.S. Constitution. In the other, the court will decide on a challenge to the federal Defense of Marriage Act, which blocks same-sex married couples from receiving the same federal marriage benefits as heterosexual married couples.
The Supreme Court takes up the issue as support for same-sex marriage is at an all-time high. A Washington Post–ABC News poll conducted last month reported that 58 percent of Americans believe gay and lesbian couples should be able to wed legally. And the percentage is even higher (81 percent) among young adults, ages 18 to 29. Only 36 percent of those polled say same-sex marriage should be illegal.
This week’s “YouSpeak” asks: “Should same-sex marriage be legalized nationally?”
“YouSpeak” typically appears each Monday.
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