Gay rights activists gather outside the US Supreme Court building in Washington, DC on June 26, 2013. The US Supreme Court on Wednesday struck down a controversial federal law that defines marriage as a union between a man and a woman, in a major victory for supporters of same-sex marriage.The Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) had denied married gay and lesbian couples in the United States the same rights and benefits that straight couples have long taken for granted. AFP PHOTO / MLADEN ANTONOVMLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/Getty Images
Gay rights activists gather outside the US Supreme Court building in Washington, DC on June 26, 2013. AFP PHOTO / MLADEN ANTONOVMLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/Getty Images

The Supreme Court is expected this month to rule on two of the biggest challenges of the session, gay marriage and Obamacare.

The Supreme Court Justices will be facing many tensions this week due to the expected ruling on 11 cases, particularly because of two of the biggest cases of the session, which include gay couples case for the state ban of gay marriage and the conservative case of subsidies by Obamacare for easy access to health insurance of low and middle income Americans.

Legal experts are predicting that the Court will allow the legalization of gay marriage nationwide, under the U.S. Constitution clause that guarantees equal treatment and with that same-sex marriage ban will be prohibited.

Four votes are expected by the liberal judges and a swing vote by the conservative Justice Anthony Kennedy, who has a record of supporting gay rights with three decisions, the most recent one being the 2013 override of the federal law that denies same-sex couples the enjoyment of marriage benefits.

On the other hand, the ruling on Obama’s health care law is not so easy to predict, because the swing vote for the case is Chief Justice John Roberts, who while Obamacare was being upheld in 2012, made no indication of a future vote.

The Court will rule on some cases on Monday, while the cases on gay marriage and Obamacare will be left out for last, as it has become practice to leave out major cases for the end of the session, because the close division of the votes is making the entire difficulty of reaching an agreement. According to Reuters, the Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has made some hint while speaking on the 12th of June. She stated “Sharp divisions, one can confidently predict, will rise in the term’s final weeks.”

Everyone outside the Court is having an anxious week expecting the historic change of the culture of having one man and one woman in marriage, and instead going by American values and ideals and allowing the right to homosexual marriage. A Conservative Christian organization, the Alliance Defending Freedom opposes gay marriage and is represented with two attorneys, while one of the plaintiffs of the gay marriage case is James Obergefell, who challenged the Ohio ban on same-sex marriage. According to Reuters, Obergefell stated that “It is nerve-racking, it’s exciting, but it’s also scary.”

Supporters hope that the Supreme Court decision will set a precedent that will help them get equal protection under state laws and opponents are trying to find exemptions from the Court ruling, such as the nonexistent anti-discriminatory laws based on sexual orientation.

The Court ruling will be a victory for liberals, however states have to decide individually to further the expand of American ideals and decide on their own on their civil rights enforcement of discrimination based on sexual orientation.

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