Answer Key: Gay Marriage Wins Supreme Court Vote

Lesson Plan: Gay Marriage Wins Supreme Court Vote…Finally!

II. While Reading Tasks

Word Inference

  1. litigation |ˌlitəˈgāSHən| noun-the process of taking legal action: the company wishes to avoid litigation.
  2. indicate  |ˈindiˌkāt| verb [ with obj. ]-point out; show: dotted lines indicate the text’s margins.
  3. fundamental |ˌfəndəˈmentl|-adjective-forming a necessary base or core; of central importance: the protection of fundamental human rights | interpretation of evidence is fundamental to the historian’s craft.
  4. disrespect |ˌdisriˈspekt|-noun-lack of respect or courtesy: growing disrespect for the rule of law.
  5. pretentious |priˈtenCHəs|-adjective-attempting to impress by affecting greater importance, talent, culture, etc., than is actually possessed: a pretentious literary device.
  6. opportunity |ˌäpərˈt(y)o͞onitē|-noun (pl. opportunities) a set of circumstances that makes it possible to do something: we may see increased opportunities for export | the collection gives students the opportunity of reading works by well-known authors.
  7. cautious |ˈkôSHəs| adjective-(of a person) careful to avoid potential problems or dangers: a cautious driver.
  8. methodical |məˈTHädikəl|  adjective-done according to a systematic or established form of procedure: a methodical approach to the evaluation of computer systems.
  9. resolve |riˈzälv, -ˈzôlv| verb-with obj. ] settle or find a solution to (a problem, dispute, or contentious matter): the firm aims to resolve problems within 30 days.
  10. embrace |emˈbrās|-verb- [ with obj. ]-accept or support (a belief, theory, or change) willingly and enthusiastically: besides traditional methods, artists are embracing new technology.

Reading Comprehension


The court did not agree to resolve the issue for the rest of the nation until January, in cases filed by gay and lesbian couples in Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee. The court heard extended arguments in April, and the justices seemed sharply divided over what the Constitution has to say about same-sex marriage. Lawyers for the plaintiffs said their clients had a fundamental right to marry and to equal protection, adding that the bans they challenged demeaned their dignity, imposed countless practical difficulties and inflicted particular harm on their children.

Words in the order they appear:

agree,  resolve,  nation,  gay, Ohio,  justices, divided, Constitution, Lawyers,  plaintiffs, fundamental,  inflicted.