Supreme court tiptoes around same-sex marriage

By WEEK Producer

March 26, 2013 Updated Mar 26, 2013 at 8:52 PM CDT

The issue of same-sex marriage was confronted Tuesday in the Supreme Court.

Proposition 8, California's ban on same-sex marriage, was debated with little outcome. It seemed the justices did not want to make a decision that would affect the entire country.

However, same-sex couples here in Illinois are still hopeful.

Gay Rights Advocate Hector Martinez of Peoria said, “We've been waiting a long time sometimes I think it's not going to happen things keep getting delayed. Unfortunately the federal government wants the states to handle it and the states vice versa want the federal government to handle it but it's really time."

Martinez has been in a civil union with his partner for 20 years but he says it's not the same as a marriage.

"There's a big difference between a union and a marriage," said Martinez. "I didn't grow up saying I want to be unionized. I grew up like everyone else saying I want to get married and I still hope I can some day."

While Martinez says Proposition 8 was a big step back for equality, some feel that it is just a matter of time before they are given the rights they desire.

Emily Heard, Illinois State University Junior said, "I personally think that when my generation gets higher up in politics and higher seats in the government then everyone will have the right to get married."

Heard said she feels we have come a long way as a country in the fight for equality.

She and girlfriend Taylor Dee said a civil union makes them feel like they are second class citizens.

"Although not everyone believes that homosexuals have the right to get married or should get married it's a lot less hateful. They are slowly beginning to accept it they just aren't quite there yet," said Heard.

The couple said they just want to be treated like everyone else. Dee said she wants what every couple wants.

"I want the same rights as everyone else has. You know happily married like my parents are. That’s all I want."