Supreme Court Will Rule on Gay Marriage
Justices to hear cases on California's Prop 8 and DOMA
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 7, 2012 2:31 PM CST
This 2010 file photo shows Karen Golinski, right, hugging her wife Amy Cunninghis as they pose for a photograph outside of a federal court building in San Francisco.   (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

(Newser) – The Supreme Court will take up California's ban on same-sex marriage, a case that could give the justices the chance to rule on whether gay Americans have the same constitutional right to marry as heterosexuals. The justices said today they will review a federal appeals court ruling that struck down the state's ban on same-sex weddings, though on narrow grounds.

The court also will decide whether Congress can deprive legally married gay couples of federal benefits otherwise available to married people. A provision of the federal Defense of Marriage Act limits a range of health and pension benefits, as well as favorable tax treatment, to heterosexual couples. The cases probably will be argued in March, with decisions expected by late June.

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Dec 11, 2012 8:59 AM CST
People should not be voting brilliant. Its 2012, FED: dude, you're way late on this. And pot.
Dec 10, 2012 10:44 AM CST
It would not surprise me if both cases are overturned, but the ruling, whatever it may be, can only push the issue to a point. It will be like abortion, it will remain a choice... not that it's the right choice. And the decision has the possible benefit of reinforcing first amendment rights. Counselors will have free choice in counseling them go straight (it's not all genetics).
Dec 9, 2012 10:08 PM CST
Who really cares? I mean they are the ones who will burn in hell for it not anyone else! If people would mind their own business then there wouldnt be all of this nonsense going on. If 2 same sex ppl get married how is that going to affect you? Simply it wont so get over it and move on!