5 ways gay marriage is good for everyone

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By Quentin Fottrell
April 28, 2015

Every American may want to catch this bouquet.

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on Tuesday about whether state bans on same-sex marriage are unconstitutional and, if they are, whether states with those bans have the right to refuse to recognize couples who’ve gotten married in the 37 states and the District of Columbia where it’s now legal. The states that allow same-sex marriage encompass 72% of the U.S. population. Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee are defending their bans on gay marriage.

There are several possible outcomes: The Supreme Court could rule in favor of same-sex marriage in both cases, affirming the right of same-sex couples to get married across the land, constitutionally recognizing marriage regardless of sexual orientation. Alternatively, it could uphold the bans with or without a constitutional right to gay marriage, leaving the issue in a state of legal limbo. “I think the court will find that there’s a constitutional a right of gays and lesbians to marriage,” says Geoffrey Stone, the Edward H. Levi Distinguished Service Professor of Law at the University of Chicago, who also served as a law clerk to the late Supreme Court Justice William J. Brennan, Jr. “I think there will be at least five judges to take this position, hopefully more.”

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