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Supreme Court Expected To Rule In Favor Of Marriage Equality

| by Sean Kelly
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In anticipation of oral arguments on marriage equality in the Supreme Court on April 28, many are predicting a majority decision in favor of declaring gay marriage legal nationwide.

Following a 5-4 ruling in 2013 that rejected marriage being defined legally between a man and a woman for federal benefit purposes, many states took it as a sign of the Supreme Court endorsing marriage equality and in turn began imposing statewide bans. In many of those states, the prohibition of gay marriage was quickly struck down. States began appealing, and the Supreme Court declined to intervene. Most notably, the court denied seven appeals cases in one day in October 2014.

With Justice Anthony Kennedy leading the Supreme Court on gay marriage-related opinions, all nine justices will hear oral arguments on April 28 in an appeals case brought about following a ruling from a regional appeals court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit, that upheld same-sex marriage bans in six states.

The hearings come as public opinion on marriage equality continues to rapidly shift throughout the nation, with 37 states currently allowing same-sex marriages. Resistance remains, with some states still holding firm against marriage equality.

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Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal recently spoke out in defense of the Marriage and Conscience Act, which he claims protects people from discrimination based on their views of marriage. Opponents claim it allows employers and businesses to discriminate against gay people and same-sex couples. Following highly publicized backlash for similar "religious freedom" bills in Indiana and Arkansas, Jindal made it clear in a recent opinion article in The New York Times that he would continue to stand against same-sex marriage regardless of whatever criticism and consequences came with it.

“As the fight for religious liberty moves to Louisiana, I have a clear message for any corporation that contemplates bullying our state: Save your breath,” he wrote.

A final ruling is reportedly due by June.

Sources: The Huffington Post, The Atlantic, The New York Times

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