In a sigh of relief for the gay community, the US Supreme Court is expected to take its final decision on Friday over whether it will take up the issue of same-sex marriages in the court and if it will be hearing the five pending cases related to the matter.
The court could also take the final decision on whether Michigan has the right to overturn a voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage.
The development comes after a federal judge on Thursday ruled that the state should give recognisation to over 300 same-sex marriages done during a brief window in 2014, but had stayed that ruling for 21 days pending any appeal by the state.
Larry Dubin, University of Detroit Mercy law professor, said that the opinion of the public has gradually changed on the issue since the state ban was passed in 2004.
According to him, the justices must recognize what the mass is feeling.
“With more than 35 states permitting gay marriages, it suffices the argument for the proponents of that issue that it’s a violation of the Equal Protection clause to deny people of the same sex to be able to have a valid marriage,” Dubin said.
“The Attorney General of our state is taking the position that the will of people in the referendum that was passed banning gay marriage should take priority; and the issue is it can’t take priority if there’s a violation of a constitutional right, which is what the court ultimately has to decide,” he said.
According to Dubin, this is a human rights issue. Dubin said even if the top court gives judgement in favor of gay marriage, any church or religion will not be forced to. It’s just that the same-sex couples enjoy the same rights as heterosexual couples.
Dublin is hopeful that the top court takes up the serious issue soon and gives a verdict within a few weeks.