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Guest Editorial: Who gets to decide?

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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

The history of America, and particularly Alabama, is rife with arguments over whether the federal or state governments get to make the law on certain issues.

When they are issues related to the U.S. Constitution the federal courts prevail.

150 years ago it was slavery.

50 years ago it was civil rights

This week, in Alabama, it's the right to same-sex marriage.

11 states have made this legal on their own. The federal courts have decided it is legal in 25 states. Some states have appealed, and the U.S. Supreme Court is set to rule this year.

On Tuesday Alabama may well become the 37th state to legalize same sex marriage, regardless of what Alabama's attorney general or Supreme Court chief justice or county probate judges or even a public service commissioner, for that matter, say about it.

If the history of this issue is any indication of the outcome, I believe the high court will uphold the rights to same-sex marriage this year and the matter will be closed, and that those opposing it are wasting their time and our taxes fighting that battle.

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