Television host Bill Maher weighed in on the equal marriage debate when the Supreme Court heard arguments around two cases this week, as he took to Twitter to joke that people might accept equal marriage if they called it by a different name.

He also questioned whether the criteria for allowing people to marry should be “ejaculating into a vagina”.

The HBO host tweeted a comment on Tuesday’s arguments around equal marriage, during which the Supreme Court justices deliberated over the definition of marriage, and whether ability to procreate was an adequate argument for allowing or denying someone the right to marry.

He went on to suggest that marriage between opposite-sex couples should be rebranded “Marriage Classic”.

The US Supreme Court Justices on Wednesday indicated a possible interest in striking down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), as it heard arguments around the issue.

This was the second day of hearings, as Tuesday the court heard arguments around Proposition 8, the state of California’s ban on equal marriage. Then the justices questioned the meaning of marriage, and challenged arguments for the ban. 

A decision by the Supreme Court in both cases is expected by the end of June.

Beyoncé and Madonna both came out in support of equal marriage on the first day that the US Supreme Court took on two cases challenging same-sex marriage bans.

Posting on their official Facebook pages, both singers made bold statements in favour of marriage equality.