Marriage & Abortion: Court Taking On Major Hot Topics This Week

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The New Year is already ringing in some pretty hot topics. No, not the weather.

We're talking about two hot-button issues that the Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will take on this week -- abortion and same-sex marriage.

Yeah, it doesn't get any hotter, right?

“My partner and I, last October, flew to San Antonio to apply for a marriage license. We were denied,” Mark Phariss explained.

Phariss and Victor Holmes are one of the two Texas couples whose case helped overturn the state's ban on same-sex marriage.

That victory was appealed, but Pharris is pretty optimistic that the Fifth Circuit will come down on his side and believe he has the same right to marry as any American.

“This lawsuit's important because Vic, like a lot of service members, has served their country and earned the right to marry the person he loves,” added Phariss.

But, some Texans look at things differently.

“Gay marriage is something that cannot procreate life, and I've really never heard anybody talk about that subject,” stated Danny Kaz.

Which brings us to another turbulent topic up for debate this week. Abortion clinics across the state are fighting to keep their doors open.

The  court will hear arguments Wednesday on why abortion clinics should or shouldn't have to meet hospital-level operating standards.

These standards include specific sizes for rooms and doorways, backup generators and air sterilization systems.

If the court upholds the new Texas law, the number of abortion clinics in the state will be reduced from 40 in 2013 to eight.