image-2364Last month, the U.S. Supreme Court began hearing arguments against the same–sex marriage bans in Ohio, Michigan, KentucKy, and Tennessee.This is the first time the high court has taKen up the issue since 2013, when a vote of 5-4 determined the Defense of Marriage Act to be unconstitutional.

One of the lawyers opposing the ban, Mary Bonauto of GLAD, who in the past has been called a “gay marriage hero,” was grilled with questions from conservative justices asking why, after millennia of traditional marriage, the definition of marriage should be changed. At one point early in the hearing a protester interrupted by screaming anti-gay epithets and threats before being escorted out of the courtroom by security.

The Supreme Court will hear many arguments before maKing a decision at the end of June, but experts predict that even the conservatives will rule to make same–sex marriage a constitutional right.