Inside the Supreme Court: transcripts, audio from challenge of Michigan's gay marriage ban

It's a place most Americans will never be, let alone see inside: The Supreme Court of the United States. On Tuesday, the nine justices heard arguments on the issue same sex marriage and released audio and transcripts from the hearing.

Cameras are not allowed inside the U.S. Supreme Court, however, on Tuesday, the court will release the transcripts and audio recordings from the hearing for the public to read and hear. 

The first reports appeared at 12:30 Tuesday afternoon. The oral arguments regarding the case in Ohio, which is similar to Michigan's was uploaded first. Click here to listen.  The entire transcript from Tuesday's hearing has also been posted. Click here to read it.

The Michigan case, DeBoer et al v. Snyder, was filed by Hazel Park couple April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse. Mary Bonauto of Boston-based Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) argued for DeBoer and Rowse. She said that the hearing was 'fair'.

"I believe the Court gave us a fair hearing, and I look forward to the day same-sex couples are not excluded from the joy, the security, and the full citizenship signified by the freedom to marry," said Bonauto. "The road that we've all traveled to get here has been built by so many people who believe that marriage is a fundamental right and I was humbled to stand up for the petitioners."

During the hearing Bonauto argued that marriage is the foundation of family, and said that times can 'blind us to what we later realize is in fact discrimination'. During the opposing argument, Justice Anthony Kennedy noted that a biological relationship between parents and children is not necessary for bonding. 

"From the beginning, and for the last four years, this has been about protecting our children, and providing them with the legal benefits and stability of a family united by marriage," said DeBoer. "Today we have so much hope that the Supreme Court will allow families like ours to have the same safety and security as all other families, and we know we've now done everything possible to achieve that." 

The Supreme Court is expected to rule on Michigan's gay marriage ban and other states this summer.


FOX 2's Amy Lange is on location in on assignment in Washington, D.C. following this case. She'll have a complete report tonight on FOX 2 News at Five.

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