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Same-sex marriage debate headed to Supreme Court

Posted at 6:38 PM, Mar 24, 2013
and last updated 2013-03-24 18:44:36-04

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.”