SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 Utah) - The wait is almost over to find out the future of same sex marriage. Wednesday the U.S. Supreme Court will make a decision on two gay marriage cases. Many believe the court's ruling will set the precedent for the future of gay couples.
Whether you support traditional marriage, or same sex marriage, Tuesday people in Utah, and across the country eagerly awaiting what the U.S. Supreme Court will say.
"This may be the only time in our lifetimes that the court hears these cases," said Valerie Larabee, Utah Pride Center Executive Director.
Wednesday the court is expected to make a decision on two key gay marriage cases: one, against the Federal Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA, which prevents same sex marriages from being recognized from state to state; the other, against California's controversial Prop 8 banning same sex marriage. Traditional marriage supporters are hoping the justices preserve what they consider the sanctity of marriage.
"It matters, marriage matters. Marriage helps families, marriage helps society," said Laura Bunker, United Families Utah.
And gay marriage supporters just want the opportunity.
"That's all we're really asking for is a choice, is a choice," said Penny Kirby, gay rights advocate.
Legal experts who've been following the process said although they believe the justices will strike down DOMA and give gay couples federal benefits, the right of who can marry whom, may still be up in the air.
"It's quite possible that after tomorrow we still won't have an answer to the question, whether the constitution requires equal treatment of same sex couples," said Clifford Rosky, Associate Professor of Law at University of Utah.
With the possibility of the question of gay marriage remaining unanswered rallies and protests, like those held in Utah, may not be the last of their kind.
Regardless of how the court rules, ABC 4 Utah is told local traditional marriage supporters are holding a celebration of marriage Wednesday night in Sandy. People who support gay marriage are holding a party in Salt Lake City.
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