Gay Marriage Debate Hits Supreme Court

Gay Marriage Debate Hits Supreme Court
Gay Marriage Debate Hits Supreme Court
Plaintiff of the US v. Windsor case challenging the constitutionality of Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), 83-year-old lesbian widow Edie Windsor (C), greets same-sex marriage supporters as she leaves the Supreme Court on March 27, 2013 in Washington, DC. The US Supreme Court tackled same-sex unions for a second day Wednesday, hearing arguments for and against the 1996 US law defining marriage as between one man and one woman. After the nine justices mulled arguments on a California law outlawing gay marriage on Tuesday, they took up a challenge to the constitutionality of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). The 1996 law prevents couples who have tied the knot in nine states -- where same-sex marriage is legal -- from enjoying the same federal rights as heterosexual couples.(Photo credit: JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
Gay Marriage Debate Hits Supreme Court
Gay Marriage Debate Hits Supreme Court
WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 27: Edith Windsor (C), 83, is mobbed by journalists and supporters as she leaves the Supreme Court March 27, 2013 in Washington, DC. The Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case 'Edith Schlain Windsor, in Her Capacity as Executor of the Estate of Thea Clara Spyer, Petitioner v. United States,' which challenges the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), the second case about same-sex marriage this week. (Photo credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Gay Marriage Debate Hits Supreme Court
Gay Marriage Debate Hits Supreme Court
WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 27: Edith Windsor, 83, acknowledges her supporters as she leaves the Supreme Court March 27, 2013 in Washington, DC. The Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case 'Edith Schlain Windsor, in Her Capacity as Executor of the Estate of Thea Clara Spyer, Petitioner v. United States,' which challenges the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), the second case about same-sex marriage this week. (Photo credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Gay Marriage Debate Hits Supreme Court
Gay Marriage Debate Hits Supreme Court
Plaintiff of the US v. Windsor case challenging the constitutionality of Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), 83-year-old lesbian widow Edie Windsor (C), greets same-sex marriage supporters as she leaves the Supreme Court on March 27, 2013 in Washington, DC. The US Supreme Court tackled same-sex unions for a second day Wednesday, hearing arguments for and against the 1996 US law defining marriage as between one man and one woman. After the nine justices mulled arguments on a California law outlawing gay marriage on Tuesday, they took up a challenge to the constitutionality of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). The 1996 law prevents couples who have tied the knot in nine states -- where same-sex marriage is legal -- from enjoying the same federal rights as heterosexual couples. (Photo credit: JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
Gay Marriage Debate Hits Supreme Court
Gay Marriage Debate Hits Supreme Court
Same-sex marriage supporters demonstrate in front of the Supreme Court on March 27, 2013 in Washington, DC. The rights of married same-sex couples will come under scrutiny at the US Supreme Court on Wednesday in the second of two landmark cases being considered by the top judicial panel. After the nine justices mulled arguments on a California law that outlawed gay marriage on Tuesday, they will take up a challenge to the legality of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). The 1996 law prevents couples who have tied the knot in nine states -- where same-sex marriage is legal -- from enjoying the same federal rights as heterosexual couples. (Photo credit: JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
Gay Marriage Debate Hits Supreme Court
Gay Marriage Debate Hits Supreme Court
Same-sex marriage supporters demonstrate in front of the Supreme Court on March 27, 2013 in Washington, DC. The rights of married same-sex couples will come under scrutiny at the US Supreme Court on Wednesday in the second of two landmark cases being considered by the top judicial panel. After the nine justices mulled arguments on a California law that outlawed gay marriage on Tuesday, they will take up a challenge to the legality of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). The 1996 law prevents couples who have tied the knot in nine states -- where same-sex marriage is legal -- from enjoying the same federal rights as heterosexual couples. (Photo credit: JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
Gay Marriage Debate Hits Supreme Court
Gay Marriage Debate Hits Supreme Court
WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 27: Eric Breese (L) of Rochester, New York, joins fellow George Washington University students and hundreds of others to rally outside the Supreme Court during oral arguments in a case challenging the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) March 27, 2013 in Washington, DC. The Supreme Court will hear arguments in the second case this week about same-sex marriage. (Photo credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Gay Marriage Debate Hits Supreme Court
Gay Marriage Debate Hits Supreme Court
WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 27: Cd Kirven (R) of Dallas, Texas, uses a pride flag to block demonstrators from the Westboro Baptist Church during rally outside the Supreme Court during oral arguments in a case challenging the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) March 27, 2013 in Washington, DC. The Supreme Court will hear arguments in the second case this week about same-sex marriage. (Photo credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Gay Marriage Debate Hits Supreme Court
Gay Marriage Debate Hits Supreme Court
Gay marriage supporters march at the US Supreme Court on March 27, 2013 in Washington, DC. The Supreme Court, for the first time, takes up the delicate and divisive issue of gay marriage when the nine justices consider the legality of a California ballot initiative that limits marriage to opposite-sex couples. Wednesday, the court will consider the 1996 federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which limits the definition of marriage to opposite-sex couples. (Photo credit: KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images)
Gay Marriage Debate Hits Supreme Court
Gay Marriage Debate Hits Supreme Court
WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 27: Eric Breese (L) of Rochester, New York, joins fellow George Washington University students and hundreds of others to rally outside the Supreme Court during oral arguments in a case challenging the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) March 27, 2013 in Washington, DC. The Supreme Court will hear arguments in the second case this week about same-sex marriage. (Photo credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Same-sex marriage supporters demonstrate in front of the Supreme Court on March 27, 2013 in Washington, D.C. (Photo credit: JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
Gay Marriage Debate Hits Supreme Court Same-sex marriage supporters demonstrate in front of the Supreme Court on March 27, 2013 in Washington, D.C. (Photo credit: JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
A same-sex marriage supporter waves a rainbow flag in front of the US Supreme Court. (Photo credit: SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
Gay Marriage Debate Hits Supreme Court
A same-sex marriage supporter waves a rainbow flag in front of the US Supreme Court. (Photo credit: SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
A same-sex marriage supporter waves a rainbow flag in front of the US Supreme Court. (Photo credit: SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
Gay Marriage Debate Hits Supreme Court
Gay Marriage Debate Hits Supreme Court
Same-sex marriage supporters shout slogans in front of the US Supreme Court on March 26, 2013 in Washington, DC. The US Supreme Court on Tuesday takes up the emotionally charged issue of gay marriage as it considers arguments that it should make history and extend equal rights to same-sex couples. Waving US and rainbow flags, hundreds of gay marriage supporters braved the cold to rally outside the court along with a smaller group of opponents, some pushing strollers. Some slept outside in hopes of witnessing the historic hearing. (Photo credit: JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
Gay Marriage Debate Hits Supreme Court
Gay Marriage Debate Hits Supreme Court
Supporters of same-sex marriage gather in front of the US Supreme Court on March 26, 2013 in Washington, DC. Same-sex marriage takes center stage at the US Supreme Court on Tuesday as the justices begin hearing oral arguments on the emotionally-charged issue that has split the nation. (Photo credit: JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
Opponents and supporters of same-sex marriage converge in front of the US Supreme Court as the March for Marriage arrives at the court in Washington,DC on March 26, 2013. The court is hearing arguments on California's Proposition 8 ban on same-sex marriage.    (Photo credit: NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)
Gay Marriage Debate Hits Supreme Court Opponents and supporters of same-sex marriage converge in front of the US Supreme Court as the March for Marriage arrives at the court in Washington,DC on March 26, 2013. The court is hearing arguments on California's Proposition 8 ban on same-sex marriage. (Photo credit: NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)
Protestors and observers gather outside the Supreme Court as the justices hear arguments on gay marriage. (Photo credit: John Domen/All-News 99.1 WNEW)
Gay Marriage Debate Hits Supreme Court Protestors and observers gather outside the Supreme Court as the justices hear arguments on gay marriage. (Photo credit: John Domen/All-News 99.1 WNEW)
Gay Marriage Debate Hits Supreme Court
Gay Marriage Debate Hits Supreme Court
Supporters of same-sex marriage gather in front of the US Supreme Court on March 26, 2013 in Washington, DC. Same-sex marriage takes center stage at the US Supreme Court on Tuesday as the justices begin hearing oral arguments on the emotionally-charged issue that has split the nation. (Photo credit: JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
Gay Marriage Debate Hits Supreme Court
Gay Marriage Debate Hits Supreme Court
Supporters of same-sex marriage gather in front of the US Supreme Court on March 26, 2013 in Washington, DC. Same-sex marriage takes center stage at the US Supreme Court on Tuesday as the justices begin hearing oral arguments on the emotionally-charged issue that has split the nation. (Photo credit: JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
Gay Marriage Debate Hits Supreme Court
Gay Marriage Debate Hits Supreme Court
Supporters of same-sex marriage gather in front of the US Supreme Court on March 26, 2013 in Washington, DC. Same-sex marriage takes center stage at the US Supreme Court on Tuesday as the justices begin hearing oral arguments on the emotionally-charged issue that has split the nation. (Photo credit: JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
Gay Marriage Debate Hits Supreme Court
Gay Marriage Debate Hits Supreme Court
Supporters of same-sex marriage gather in front of the US Supreme Court on March 26, 2013 in Washington, DC. Same-sex marriage takes center stage at the US Supreme Court on Tuesday as the justices begin hearing oral arguments on the emotionally-charged issue that has split the nation. (Photo credit: JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
(Photo credit: JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
Gay Marriage Debate Hits Supreme Court
Supporters of same-sex marriage gather in front of the US Supreme Court on March 26, 2013 in Washington, DC. Same-sex marriage takes center stage at the US Supreme Court on Tuesday as the justices begin hearing oral arguments on the emotionally-charged issue that has split the nation. (Photo credit: JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
(Photo credit: JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
Gay Marriage Debate Hits Supreme Court
Gay Marriage Debate Hits Supreme Court
Supporters of same-sex marriage gather in front of the US Supreme Court on March 26, 2013 in Washington, DC. Same-sex marriage takes center stage at the US Supreme Court on Tuesday as the justices begin hearing oral arguments on the emotionally-charged issue that has split the nation. (Photo credit: JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
Gay Marriage Debate Hits Supreme Court
Gay Marriage Debate Hits Supreme Court
Supporters of same-sex marriage gather in front of the US Supreme Court on March 26, 2013 in Washington, DC. Same-sex marriage takes center stage at the US Supreme Court on Tuesday as the justices begin hearing oral arguments on the emotionally-charged issue that has split the nation. (Photo credit: JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
Gay Marriage Debate Hits Supreme Court
Gay Marriage Debate Hits Supreme Court
Opponents of same-sex marriage gather on the National Mall for the March for Marriage in Washington,DC on March 26, 2013 as the US Supreme Court hears arguments on California's Proposition 8 ban on same-sex marriage. (Photo credit: NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)
Gay Marriage Debate Hits Supreme Court
Gay Marriage Debate Hits Supreme Court
Selena Fox (2R) of the Circle Sanctuary Wiccan church and followers sing in favor of same-sex marriage in front of the US Supreme Court in Washington on March 25, 2013. The justices will hear arguments on March 26 on California's Proposition 8 ban on same-sex marriage and on March 27 on the federal Defense of Marriage Act, which defines marriage as between one man and one woman. (Photo credit: NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)
Gay Marriage Debate Hits Supreme Court
Gay Marriage Debate Hits Supreme Court
A man protects himself from the rain and snow while waiting to attend hearings on same-sex marriage in front of the US Supreme Court in Washington on March 25, 2013. The justices will hear arguments on March 26 on California's Proposition 8 ban on same-sex marriage and on March 27 on the federal Defense of Marriage Act, which defines marriage as between one man and one woman. (Photo credit: NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)
Gay Marriage Debate Hits Supreme Court
Gay Marriage Debate Hits Supreme Court
A man holds a sign against California's Proposition 8 which bans same-sex marriage in front of the US Supreme Court in Washington on March 25, 2013. The justices will hear arguments on March 26 on California's Proposition 8 ban on same-sex marriage and on March 27 on the federal Defense of Marriage Act, which defines marriage as between one man and one woman. (Photo credit: NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)
Gay Marriage Debate Hits Supreme Court
Gay Marriage Debate Hits Supreme Court
Hollingsworth v. Perry Plaintiffs Kris Perry and Sandy Stier (L) and Paul Katami and Jeff Zarrillo (R) along with other family members climb the steps of the National Archive in Washington, DC, on March 25, 2013, a day before the oral argument in the Hollingsworth v. Perry Supreme Court case, which could end California?s discriminatory Proposition 8 legislation banning same-sex marriage in the state. Nine of the 50 US states and the US capital Washington allow same-sex unions, while many more still prohibit them. (Photo credit: JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
People queue to enter the Supreme Court in Washington. The justices will hear arguments on March 26 on California's Proposition 8 ban on same-sex marriage and on March 27 on the federal Defense of Marriage Act, which defines marriage as between one man and one woman. (Photo credit: John Domen/All-News 99.1 WNEW)
Gay Marriage Debate Hits Supreme Court People queue to enter the Supreme Court in Washington. The justices will hear arguments on March 26 on California's Proposition 8 ban on same-sex marriage and on March 27 on the federal Defense of Marriage Act, which defines marriage as between one man and one woman. (Photo credit: John Domen/All-News 99.1 WNEW)
People queue to enter the Supreme Court in Washington. The justices will hear arguments on March 26 on California's Proposition 8 ban on same-sex marriage and on March 27 on the federal Defense of Marriage Act, which defines marriage as between one man and one woman. (Photo credit: NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)
Gay Marriage Debate Hits Supreme Court People queue to enter the Supreme Court in Washington. The justices will hear arguments on March 26 on California's Proposition 8 ban on same-sex marriage and on March 27 on the federal Defense of Marriage Act, which defines marriage as between one man and one woman. (Photo credit: NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)
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