Couples are fighting to save marriage as a fundamental American institution.
It’s a fight that began when the Supreme Court decided that the federal government cannot ban same-sex marriage.
The case was known as Windsor v.
United States and was the first time a U.S. Supreme Court decision recognized that marriage is between one man and one woman.
The decision overturned the federal Defense of Marriage Act, which was enacted in 1996.
But the decision did not legalize same-gender marriage.
A majority of states, along with the District of Columbia, now recognize it.
The U.K., Australia, New Zealand and Canada have all followed suit, along the same lines.
But a growing number of states are still fighting to stop the redefinition.
“I think the issue of marriage is at the heart of the fight to end discrimination,” said Sarah Koller, the director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights.
“We see the discrimination coming out of the courts and from politicians that are against marriage equality.
We are also seeing the backlash from the gay community and from some religious groups against same-fertility people.”
Koller added that there is a “growing momentum to end this discriminatory policy that doesn’t recognize the marriages of gay couples.”
In some states, such as California, the Supreme Justice is deciding whether to take a more conservative approach and allow states to ban same sex marriage.
“There is growing public support for marriage equality, but it is not universal,” said David N. Gompertz, a professor of law at the University of Texas at Austin and a former attorney general.
“That is a very hard fight, but if we keep pushing, we will be able to make progress.”
The Supreme Court will hear arguments in June, and the issue could be on the agenda for the next president’s first major address.
But it will be up to the president and his cabinet to decide whether to defend the status quo.
For now, the fight is far from over.
“If we are able to get the Supreme [Court] to do the right thing, we’ll win the argument for marriage,” Koller said.
“But if they are going to be a bit more cautious, then I think we are going be able go back to a time when gay couples were denied the right to marry.
That is the real battle, for now, and it is the battle of the American people.”