The U. S. Supreme Court is hearing arguments to make same sex marriage legal in all 50 states. Currently there are 37 states that recognize same-sex marriage and 13 states that do not.

Over the years, the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) community has suffered from discrimination in state laws, adoption laws, medical visitation, housing, employment, hate crimes, military service and, of course, marriage laws.

Opponents of same-sex marriage quote the 10th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, which states “the powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively or to the people.”

The problem with that argument is that individual rights as stated in the 14th Amendment ... “No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge privileges and immunities of citizens of the U.S.; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.”

Unfortunately, three Supreme Court justices, Antonin Scalia, Samuel Alito and Clarence Thomas are conservative ideologues who vote the straight conservative line, regardless of individual rights as stated in the U.S. Constitution.

I am encouraged that 59 percent of U.S. citizens are in favor of approving same sex marriage.

Philip W. Wolfe

Sunbeam Drive

Bluffton