The United State's Supreme Court is officially on their way to making a decision about whether or not the Constitution will guarantee a right to same-sex marriage for couples nationwide. During the two-and-a-half hours of arguments about the constitutionality of same-sex marriage, the nine justices were divided as they questioned lawyers both for and against the historic change.
Based on reporting of the proceedings from Reuters, the court's four liberal justices seemed, unsurprisingly, for gay marriage, while the remaining five conservatives seemed in favor of allowing states to determine the definition of marriage.
It will still be a while before we hear definitively if same-sex marriage will be legal across the board, as the court is expected to make a final ruling by the end of June. And their answer could result in one of two new decisions: if they rule in favor, the court can decide that states that don't currently recognize same-sex marriage will have to recognize marriage certificates from beyond their borders, or they could decide that gay marriage is constitutional throughout the United States.
Though there's still a long road ahead, we are much closer to couples in every state finally gaining the right to tie the knot (the last time the justices heard arguments on gay marriage only 11 states recognized their unions, while now 37 states do). Plus, support for gay marriage amongst Americans is at a record high: According to The Washington Post 61 percent of Americans are now in favor of gay marriage — which is certainly a step in the right direction.