The U.S. Supreme Court has decided to postpone weighing in on the constitutionality of same-sex marriage until next year at the earliest. The announcement was made this week, and none of the appeals pertaining to this topic were put on the Supreme Court's docket for upcoming hearings.
As it stands, in the 19 states that permit same-sex marriage, the federal government must supply the same benefits to heterosexual couples and homosexual couples. This is because of the landmark ruling last year by the Supreme Court that the Defense of Marriage Act - an act to preserve traditional marriage - violated the Fifth Amendment.
According to a recent Christian Examiner article, "thirty-one states currently ban homosexual marriage or civil unions or both, but such bans in Utah, Oklahoma, Virginia, Indiana, and Wisconsin have been overturned in lower courts."
Over the last few years, both federal appeals courts and lower federal courts have tended to favor the same-sex marriage cause in their rulings. Some attribute this to the number of Democrat-appointed judges currently on the bench. According to the New York Times, for the first time in ten years "judges appointed by Democratic presidents considerably outnumber judges appointed by Republican presidents."
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