CNN– People are already lining up at the Supreme Court in hopes of getting a seat to witness history.
Arguments over the right to same-sex marriage start Tuesday.
Central in the debate is whether marriage should be considered a state or federal issue.
“Americans on both sides of this issue are deeply invested in this debate on marriage. We don’t need a 50 state solution presented by the Supreme Court when our democratic institutions are perfectly capable of handling this issue.”
“There are certain things that shouldn’t be put up for a vote. And gay people, like non-gay people, deserve, under the constitution, the ability to shape a family to build a life, and to have these dreams.”
Appeals will be heard on California’s “proposition 8” that outlaws same sex marriage and the federal defense of marriage act – or DOMA – that legally defines marriage as between a man and woman.
Conservative leader Rand Paul says he believes in traditional marriage, but not DOMA.
“I don’t want the government promoting something I don’t believe in, but I also don’t mind if the government tries to be neutral on the issue.”
Although recent polls show a majority of Americans support of same sex marriage, California’s attorney general says it’s more important to read the constitution.
“i am absolutely against a ban on same-sex marriages because (candy: even if your voters..) Because they are simply unconstitutional.”