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Supreme Court Set To Rule On Gay Marriage Cases

8:08 AM, Jun 26, 2013   |    comments
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Washington, DC - Wednesday, the Supreme Court will wrap up a blockbuster of a week for them as they issue rulings on two gay marriage cases, one involving California's Proposition 8 and the other involving the Defense of Marriage Act.

Today is the last day the Supreme Court is scheduled to release decisions for this term, and the decisions should be released around 10:00am. 

The first case involves Proposition 8, a ban on gay marriage approved by California voters in 2008.  The Judges could rule broadly that gay marriage bans are unconstitutional, which would invalidate all gay marriage bans, including the one in North Carolina. 

They court could also rule narrowly, and only apply the ruling to California.

The second case involves the Defense of Marriage Act, a federal law passed in 1996 that defines marriage between one man and one woman, and denies federal benefits to gay marriages in states where it is legal.

The Supreme Court could also hold both cases until their next sessions, although people familiar with the Court say this is unlikely. 

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