Lincoln man shows off gay pride at Supreme Court hearing - News, Weather and Sports for Lincoln, NE; KLKNTV.com

Lincoln man shows off gay pride at Supreme Court hearing

Posted: Updated:

By: Megan Palera
mpalera@klkntv.com

The Supreme Court's first major examination of gay rights in 10 years is under way. The justices heard oral arguments Tuesday on California's Prop 8 - an amendment to the state's constitution banning same-sex marriage.

As demonstrators on both sides filled the steps of the nation's capitol, Scott Ballentine of Lincoln is showing off his pride. He traveled the 1,200 miles to Washington, D.C. to be a part of history.

"I never thought this would happen in my lifetime. I thought, I wanted to be on the right side of history and be here for it," Ballentine said.

Ballentine is hopeful the Supreme Court will strike down Prop 8. But the nine justices are very divided over the issue. The liberal justices questioned the rationale for restricting gays and lesbians from marrying. The conservative justices wondered how same-sex marriage could be a right guaranteed under the constitution.

Justice Anthony Kennedy - who could be the deciding vote - expressed empathy for children with gay parents.

"The voices of these children - 40,000 children. They want their parents to have full recognition," Kennedy said.

Ballentine couldn't agree more. He says now is the time for change.

"I see other countries moving in this direction, even countries with very strong Catholic backgrounds like Spain and some of the South American countries. So, we're moving in that direction," Ballentine said.

Wednesday, in a separate case, the justices consider a law that denies federal benefits to same-sex couples who are legally married in their states.

Justice Kennedy suggested Tuesday that the court dismiss Prop 8 with no ruling at all. Final decisions on these issues, if they're made, won't be released for months.

  • Local HeadlinesLocal HeadlinesMore>>

  • Political ad sparks controversy

    Political ad sparks controversy

    By: Channel 8 Newsroom8@klkntv.comOMAHA, Neb. (AP) _ Nebraska Democrats are calling for a Republican candidate for governor to pull a televised campaign ad in which he knocks a Barack Obama doll off a fence post while criticizing the president's health care law. The ad, which began airing this week, shows Omaha state Sen. Beau McCoy standing next to the fence post with the bobblehead-like doll atop the fence post. McCoy says the health care law is ``the last thing we need,'' before slapping t...More >>
    By: Channel 8 Newsroom8@klkntv.comOMAHA, Neb. (AP) _ Nebraska Democrats are calling for a Republican candidate for governor to pull a televised campaign ad in which he knocks a Barack Obama doll off a fence post while criticizing the president's health care law. The ad, which began airing this week, shows Omaha state Sen. Beau McCoy standing next to the fence post with the bobblehead-like doll atop the fence post. McCoy says the health care law is ``the last thing we need,'' before slapping t...More >>
  • Norfolk police investigate death of 38-year-old woman

    Norfolk police investigate death of woman

    Norfolk police investigate death of woman

    Law enforcement officials are investigating the death of a 38-year-old woman whose body was found in a Norfolk home.More >>
    Law enforcement officials are investigating the death of a 38-year-old woman whose body was found in a Norfolk home.More >>
  • Denton church hosts egg hunt for Mission kids

    Denton church hosts egg hunt for Mission kids

    Denton church hosts egg hunt for Mission kids

    More than 20 Mission families participated in egg-cellent activies.More >>
    More than 20 Mission families participated in egg-cellent activies.More >>
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KLKN. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.