The Supreme Court is hearing arguments regarding same-sex marriage this week.
People are citing religion as an influence shaping their position.
Several religious groups joined forces last week on the other side, filing briefs that oppose gay marriage — one defending Proposition 8, and the other defending the Defense of Marriage Act. Those groups include the Southern Baptist Convention, the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
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For further reading:
- The National Conference of State Legislatures has a guide to state laws on same-sex marriage, domestic partnerships and civil unions around the country.
- The New York Times had an article on one of the nation's leading opponents of gay marriage.
- A USA Today story features several other key opponents – often portrayed as bigots – who explain the “why” behind their positions.
- The Christian Post took a look at Evangelical leader Rob Bell's recent statement in support of gay marriage.
- The Los Angeles Times reported that the American Academy of Pediatrics has recommended legalizing gay marriage.
- PBS Newshour spoke with religious leaders on both sides.
- Follow the latest updates on this New York Times piece.
Tracy Simmons is an award-winning journalist specializing in religion reporting and digital entrepreneurship. In her approximate 20 years on the religion beat, Simmons has tucked a notepad in her pocket and found some of her favorite stories aboard cargo ships in New Jersey, on a police chase in Albuquerque, in dusty Texas church bell towers, on the streets of New York and in tent cities in Haiti. Simmons has worked as a multimedia journalist for newspapers across New Mexico, Texas, Connecticut and Washington. She is the executive director of SpokaneFāVS.com, a digital journalism start-up covering religion news and commentary in Spokane, Washington. She also writes for The Spokesman-Review and national publications. She is a Scholarly Assistant Professor of Journalism at Washington State University.