The institution developed to serve purposes that, by their nature, didn’t include homosexual couples.
-Chief Justice John Roberts on the historical development of the definition of marriage during Supreme Court hearings yesterday.
If you tell a child that somebody has to be their friend, I suppose you can force the child to say, ‘This is my friend.’ But it changes the definition of what it means to be a friend.
-Chief Justice Roberts responding to the argument that marriage means something and should be used to apply to same-sex couples.
The Supreme Court heard arguments in Hollingsworth v. Perry (California’s Proposition 8 case) on Tuesday, March 27. Today the Supreme Court hears argument in United States v. Windsor regarding the Defense of Marriage Act.
Adam Liptak, “Justices Say Time May Be Wrong for Gay Marriage Case,” The New York Times, March 26, 2013.