Today marked the first of two days of arguments the Supreme Court will hear regarding the constitutionality of same-sex marriage.
Today’s hearings focused on the legality of California’s Proposition 8, which defines marriage as only between a man and a woman.
This is a historic day as it’s the first time arguments over the divisive same-sex marriage issue have been heard in the nation’s highest court.
Thousands of people on both sides of the same-sex debate stood outside the Supreme Court, making their positions known.
Although Illinois is one of the few states that allows civil unions, many members of the Chicago gay and lesbian community say that’s not enough.
Opponents of same-sex marriage bring up the point of children.
Paul Cabrio, the director of Family-PAC, an organization working to preserve traditional marriage, says kids of same sex couples are at a disadvantage because they aren’t being raised by both biological parents.
“In these cases the outcome for children in terms of lower educational level, suicide addiction are much higher,” he says.
Tom Elliott of the Center on Halstead disagrees, saying, “It’s not so much about having a mom and a dad. It’s about having two loving adults that are in a committed relationship with each other to support their children.”
Tomorrow, arguments will focus on the Defense of Marriage Act. The act forbids the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriage and therefore, denies same-sex couples from receiving federal benefits.
There are currently nine states that have legalized same-sex marriage.
A decision from the Supreme Court is not expected until June.