SPOKANE, Wash. - All eyes are on the U.S. Supreme Court this week as they hear two landmark cases about same-sex marriage. Their decision could significantly change how American law views marriage.
She might be 3,000 miles away from Washington D.C. but you wouldn't know it if you talked to Carol Ehrhart. She's been glued to the computer, listening to all 80 minutes of Tuesday's hearing.
"I believe that equality is going to win out," the local LGBT Board President said.Local LGBTQ groups keeping their eyes on Washington DC
A recent ABC News/Washington Post poll shows a majority of people support the right of gays and lesbians to wed. Ehrhart says the tide is turning, especially now that the nine Supreme Court justices are weighing in on same-sex marriage.
On Tuesday the court heard arguments for and against California's Proposition 8, the 2008 ballot initiative that banned gay marriage.
"We believe that Prop 8 is constitutional and the place for the decision to be made redefining marriage is with the people not with the courts," Charles Cooper, the attorney for Prop 8, said.
On Wednesday the highest court in the land will look at the Defense of Marriage Act, known as DOMA. The 1996 law denies federal benefits to same sex couples who are legally married in their states.
"To repeal DOMA is huge because that does mean when I cross the state line with my partner that our marriage would be recognized if we were married," Ehrhart said.
It was clear from the justices' questions on Tuesday, that the court is divided on the issue. A decision is expected by the end of June.
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