Wednesday, April 29, 2015

US Supreme Court justices appear cautious, divided on same-sex marriage

By Richard Wolf and Brad Heath

WASHINGTON, DC---The Supreme Court appeared both cautious and deeply divided Tuesday on whether to change an opposite-sex definition of marriage that several justices noted has existed for "millennia." Finally addressing head-on the question of whether gays and lesbians should be allowed to marry nationwide, the court's key conservatives indicated that a victory for same-sex couples would not come easily. At the same time, two conservatives -- Justice Anthony Kennedy and Chief Justice John Roberts -- showed sympathy for same-sex couples unable to marry in 13 states because marriage laws are intended to regulate procreation. [link]