Local pastor hopes the US Supreme Court will vote for same-sex marriage

The U.S. Supreme Court heard both sides about same-sex marriage Tuesday and looks to be closely divided. Justice Anthony Kennedy could have the deciding vote on whether same-sex couples have the right to marry in all 50 states.

This decision could make history for the U.S. It could either mean same that sex couples have the right to marry anywhere or that bans against gay marriage could be reinstated.

Thirty-six states and the District of Columbia allow same sex marriage. Illinois is the only one in our Local 6 region that allows same-sex marriage. Couples from Kentucky and Tennessee are among four states with lawsuits against same-sex marriage.

Rev. Robert Courtney in Paducah said he hopes the Supreme Court will vote in favor of legalizing same sex marriage.

“So people who want to be married in our commonwealth could do so without consequences,” Courtney said.

He said many people don’t realize what couples who can’t legally marry miss out on.

“Proprietary rights, benefits partners might receive from social security, or retirement, and those things are inhibited in many ways,” Courtney said.

Courtney said he has to go to Illinois to officiate same-sex marriages and has several couples waiting on the Supreme Court’s decision before he officiates their marriages.

“We’re kind of holding out to find out what the Supreme Court does because they would like for our commonwealth to recognize their relationship the same way that Illinois does,” Courtney said.

He said it’s an issue about discrimination and, even if the Supreme Court doesn’t rule in their favor, they’ll keep working until there’s marriage equality.

Those opposing same-sex marriage argue it should be up to states to decide, and that it hurts the definition of marriage. The court is expected to make a decision by the end of June.

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