Houston mayor, lawyer react to upcoming Supreme Court same-sex marriage hearings

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by Rekha Muddaraj / KHOU 11 News

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Posted on March 25, 2013 at 7:04 PM

HOUSTON -- The U.S. Supreme Court is hearing arguments this week on the legality of same-sex marriage.

Currently nine states allow same-sex marriage, and there are many others hoping to see it become legal.

In Houston, Jim Evans recently celebrated his third wedding anniversary.

“Sometimes when I'm in the middle of laundry, I think, someone is up in arms about this, my lifestyle, because it's the most ordinary boring life you can imagine, it just happens to be a same-sex couple,” said Jim Evans.

Evans, a family law attorney, and his husband, William Flowers, have five children between them, from previous marriages.

They are hoping that the U.S. Supreme Court will strike down California's Proposition 8 ban on gay marriage. And, that the high court will also dispel the Defense of Marriage Act, which keeps same-sex married couples from being able to have federal benefits.

“If the Supreme Court fails in this point in time to acknowledge my marriage is real, it's a travesty of justice in 2013,” said Evans.

The hearings take place on Tuesday and Wednesday; but, even Evans doubts history will be made this week.

“Will it happen this week? I doubt it,” he said.

It’s a sentiment that’s shared by Houston Mayor Annise Parker.

“I don't' really expect any big sweeping changes,” said Mayor Parker. “Those big sweeping changes are coming through the public mood and a sea change in public opinion on this issue."

But there are those who believe the majority has spoken -- including Grace Community Church associate senior pastor Garrett Booth.

“It has been defined for hundreds of years as one man and one woman,” said Booth. “The Bible defines it that way which is how God set it out to be. When we go out redefining it, we are in some dangerous territory as a culture.”

Even if the outcome is not in his favor, Evans said he hopes it's one step closer to ending discrimination.

“It is time the world has changed,” said Evans. “We do get it. It's wrong.”

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