“In a historic argument on a challenge to state laws that limit marriage to heterosexual couples, the Supreme Court indicated Tuesday that it might be hesitant to strike down such laws.
Following the oral argument, Pete Williams of NBC News reported that it seemed “quite obvious that the U.S. Supreme Court is not prepared to issue any kind of sweeping ruling” declaring that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry.
Williams said there seemed to be “very little eagerness” from any of the justices to “embrace that broad a ruling.”
At issue in Tuesday’s argument was California’s Proposition 8, the state constitutional amendment enacted by voters in 2008 that limits marriage to one-man, one-woman couples. Williams said that both the liberal and the conservative justices seemed wary of issuing a decision that would apply to any state outside of California.