The U.S. Supreme Court will weigh the constitutional merits of same-sex marriage in oral arguments today and Wednesday, and during the build-up much has been made of the public’s growing acceptance of this societal change. Last week, a Washington Post-ABC News poll showed that 58 percent of Americans support the right of same-sex couples to marry, an all-time high.
Such a shift toward tolerance is encouraging, but it should have little bearing on the court’s decision. The justices should extend to gay and lesbian couples the right to marry nationwide because denying it violates their constitutional rights. The increasing acceptance of gay marriage is irrelevant.
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