Today, the Supreme Court will hear arguments regarding the constitutionality of same-sex marriage bans. While 37 states (and Washington D.C.) currently recognize marriage equality, SCOTUS’ decision on the matter could bring freedom to marry for all same-sex couples in the United States.

Attorney Abby Rubenfeld, who represented Tennessee plaintiffs John Espejo and Matthew Mansell in this historic case on the way to SCOTUS, discussed the decision (which is expected at the end of the Court’s term in June) on The Michelangelo Signorile Show.

“When you boil it all down, these are the two basic questions: One, does the Fourteenth Amendment require states to grant marriage licenses to same-sex couples?…That’s the home run right there,” Rubenfeld said. “And the second question is whether the Fourteenth Amendment recorgnizes marriages of same-sex couples when they move to other states.”

The answers to these questions will speak volumes about the true state of marriage equality in America today. Rubenfeld went on to discuss Mary Bonauto and Douglas Hallward-Driemeier, who are arguing before the Supreme Court today, and how they have prepared for the fight for marriage equality.

“Mary [Bonauto] won the first marriage victory that stuck, and now she can win the last one,” Rubenfeld said. “We brought [Hallward-Driemeier] on our Tennessee team when we getting ready to apply to the Supreme Court. He’s wonderful. He’s so experienced. They’re really a great team together.”

Rubenfeld is optimistic for a decision for nationwide marriage equality to result from today’s arguments.

“We are going to win,” Rubenfeld said. “I think the country’s ready for it. I think the law requires it. And I think the Supreme Court precedents have set it up so that there’s nothing more they can do.”

Though great strides have been made in favor of marriage equality in the last decade, Rubenfeld feels the wait for an end to federal discrimination towards same-sex couples has been long enough.

“You don’t wait on fundamental constitutional rights,” Rubenfeld said. “There really is no rational basis to exclude same-sex couples from state-sanctioned marriages. There’s just no difference. Us getting married doesn’t, in any way, affect heterosexual marriage…We have a fundamental right to be married in this country.”

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