Same-sex marriage debate goes to Supreme Court

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – A historic case on same-sex marriage could be the deciding factor for states across the country was argued in front of the United States Supreme Court on Tuesday.

37 states and the District of Columbia have legalized same sex marriages. But several states, like Kentucky have banned it.

Belinda Tarpley-Sottung has been her wife for 28 years and back in 2013, they were married in Maryland. But here in Kentucky, her marriage isn’t recognized.

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She says she can’t even get a driver’s license with her legal last name. “It’s a basic human right to married to the person that you love,” Tarpley-Sottung says.

But not everyone agrees, The Family Foundation in Lexington says marriage is defined as between a man and a woman, and it should stay that way.

“I would submit that marriage, by definition as its always been, is one man and one woman,” Family Foundation Director Kent Ostrander says.

On Tuesday in Washington D.C., the Supreme Court justices heard arguments focused on two central questions: Can states ban same-sex marriage? And do states have to recognize lawful marriages from other states?

Outside the federal court house, those in favor of same-sex marriage cheered and waved flags.

Some opponents loudly condemned proponents of gay marriage, urging them to find the lord and be reborn again, as a straight person.

“Marriage has been consistently been defined as one man and one woman and it’s in that context that children are raised in the most healthy manner. Period,” Ostrander says.

“What I want everyone to know is what an awesome right being married is and [it] being recognized,” Tarpley-Sottung says.

The Supreme Court is not expected to announce their decision until June.