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What's At Stake In This Week's Gay Marriage Cases

Birdman III Wrote: Mar 26, 2013 8:51 AM
Well, Ted, that is why the term was 'marriage'. That one term handled that specific condition.
On Tuesday, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments about the constitutionality of Proposition 8, the California ballot initiative that banned gay marriage in the state. On Wednesday, SCOTUS will hear arguments on the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act, the Clinton-era law that barred same-sex couples from receiving federal benefits even in the case of legal state marriages. The Court's opinions on these cases, which will come down in June at the latest, will be landmark decisions no matter the outcome.

The New York Times has a good infographic on the repercussions of potential opinions. The Prop 8...