Duke professor expects Supreme Court to rule for gay marriage

Duke professor expects Supreme Court to rule for gay marriage (Image 1)

The issue of gay marriage goes before the Supreme Court Tuesday, with a ruling expected in June.

Neil Siegel, a constitutional law professor at Duke University, said what’s at stake are the remaining state bans on same-sex marriage and whether they’re constitutional.

Siegel will be in the audience as the arguments will be made Tuesday.

He’s confident he knows which way the ruling will go.

“I don’t think it’s, as a predictive matter, even a close case,” he said. “I think it’s overwhelmingly likely that they’re going to invalidate the state bans. The question is going to be how they write the opinion.”

And how they do so, Siegel said, matters because it could deal simply with the right to marry or take it a step further by saying the bans are an unconstitutional discrimination.

“It’s not like this court decision is going to be the end of the road,” Siegel said.

The decision is one eagerly awaited by people on both sides of the issue.

Billy Traurig, who recently married his partner, said, “We’re optimistic and as confident as we can be that the Supreme Court will come down on the side of marriage equality.”

But the Rev. Mark Creech, executive director of the Christian Action League of North Carolina, said, “We are no longer a nation of the people, by the people and for the people. We’ve become a nation of the judges, by the judges and for the judges.”

Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy could be the deciding factor in the Supreme Court’s decision, with many feeling he will side with marriage equality.

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