The Supreme Court on Wednesday appeared highly skeptical of the Defense of Marriage Act, the 1996 law that blocks federal recognition of gay marriages, according to courtroom observers.
Here are 11 key moments from the arguments, which followed Tuesday’s session on California’s ban on same-sex marriage. The two cases could reshape the legal status of hundreds of thousands of gay couples.
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Supreme Court hears arguments in a challenge to the Defense of Marriage Act, which allows federal benefits to go only to heterosexual married couples.
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The Supreme Court began hearing a historic one-hour oral argument on marriage Tuesday which could lead to any one of a wide array of possible decisions — from essentially leaving in place the traditional marriage laws now on the books in most states to proclaiming same-sex marriage a fundamental right under the United States Constitution.