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U.S. Supreme Court to Hear Same-Sex Marriage Cases

Throughout the year, readers have clashed on Cuyahoga Falls Patch over the issue of same-sex marriage. Now, the Supreme Court will weigh in.

Heated debates have raged for years on the federal, state and local levels over governmental recognition of same-sex marriage. 

Now, the U.S. Supreme Court will enter the fray, the Washington Post reported Friday.

According to the Post, the "(Supreme Court) will consider whether California’s ban on same-sex marriage is constitutional and whether Congress may withhold federal benefits from legally married same-sex couples by defining marriage as only between a man and a woman."

USA Today reports the justices will likely hear these two cases by early 2013. 

Cuyahoga Falls entered the regional and national spotlight last winter when Falls native Shane May and his husband Coty weren't allowed to purchase discounted "w/spouse" Natatorium gym memberships.

According to the Cuyahoga Falls Parks and Recreation Board, the Mays' Washington D.C.-based marriage wasn't recognized because the Nat's rate structure is aligned with the Ohio Constitution, which doesn't recognize gay marriage.

After a contentious debate involving the city's officials, residents and elected leaders, the board voted in May to uphold the existing rate structure. 

Nine states -- Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Iowa, Vermont, Washington, and Washington D.C. -- have legalized gay marriage. 

31 states have constitutional amendments banning gay marriage. Six states have laws banning it.

In related news, the Freedom to Marry Coalition is attempting to gather 385,000 valid signatures of Ohio voters in order to put its marriage equality amendment on the November 2013 ballot. If the amendment makes it on the ballot and if it's passed by voters, Ohio would join the handful of states that recognize gay marriage.

"Ohio voters overwhelmingly supported an amendment banning gay marriage and health benefits for public employees in domestic partnerships in 2004," reports the Huffington Post. 

How do you think the U.S. Supreme Court should proceed? Should gay marriage be recognized in Ohio? Tell us in the Comments!

Shane May December 26, 2012 at 04:41 AM
My marriage is working just fine thank you. Would be better if I was granted the same federal protections and benefits that other military families receive.
John McMillan December 27, 2012 at 01:27 AM
Homosexuality was never mentioned in your bible...inferences were added in later in one of the MANY MANY interpretations of such. And, not everyone on earth follows your religion or your bible...so why must they obey its laws and "rules"?? Quit trying to force your beliefs down everyone else's throats. Some other people believe in a loving God, who is accepting of everyone equally. How do you know what God/Jesus really said? You weren't there.
phil blackmore December 31, 2012 at 02:40 PM
John McMillan been hitting the pipe? Homosexuality is mentioned in the Bible. You stated "Some other people believe in a loving God, who is accepting of everyone equally. How do you know what God/Jesus really said? You weren't there." He is a loving God but also gave very specific instructions as to right and wrong. How do I know what God/Jesus really said, I believe the Bible to be the perfect word of God, but some people like yourself choose not to believe in Truth. Your choice. And how do you know God did not say these things as you were not there either. What we have here is a failure to believe in the Bible. Not a problem for me. I am not think I am shoving anything down anyone's throat. All I did was take direct quotes from the Bible that you claim are not there and were later added in (nice try) but are free to choose what to believe and what not to believe. I was just responding to a post by someone else to show that there is NO WAY Jesus would approve of a homosexual relationship (I guess it is OK for that person to shove her beliefs down our throats asI sure did not see you get onto her about her saying what she believes in and "shoving it down our throats"). There is that Lib double standard they are so good with. If someone disagrees with them then they are hateful and shoving beliefs down their throats. Libs.... life would be so boring without them. Enjoy the snow! Weather is great out here in Arizona!
Made in His Image January 06, 2013 at 12:17 AM
how about the law of the land..church and state? u can go to the court house and get a justice to marry people ..any 2 people.. as well as in many churches etc...our priest baptized our son when he was born to a lesbian couple...who wanted our child baptized on his 1st birthday which ironically is 9/11 ...we attend church weekly..are member of the p.t.o at our older sons school..at the catholic school he also attends(same church btw) and in their mission statement is...diversity ..all inclusiveness...in the christian faith.. ...we teach our children 3 and 5..treat everyone how you want to be treated..and always try to do the next right thing..everything else will fall into place. peace love respect and joy
phil blackmore January 07, 2013 at 11:07 AM
Well your priest was wrong in condoniong the lesbian couple, but not sure about the baptizing part as the kid is the innocent victim here. And you are doing right to teach your children to "treat everyone how you want to be treated". That is not wrong. What is wrong is to condone and turn a blind eye to what Gid has called an "abomination" and that is how HE view the homosexual lifestyle. Man allows anything and everything and that is why the world is the way it is. if we lived according to how God had planned us to, we would not have the problems we have.

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