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High Court sets eyes on Defense of Marriage Act

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Same-sex marriage supporters demonstrate in front of the Supreme Court on March 27, 2013 in Washington, DC. The nine justices took up a challenge to the legality of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images

The Supreme Court heard arguments today in the case of United States v. Windsor, which will determine whether the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional. DOMA currently restricts more than 1000 federal marriage benefits to opposite sex couples, including many for veterans.

If struck down, the federal government would recognize all legal marriages, regardless of the couples’ genders. How should the Supreme Court handle same-sex marriage? How could the DOMA ruling differ from the Prop. 8 ruling?

Listen to the arguments: Listen to the oral arguments and comment on the parts that affect you or that you found interesting. Just type your thoughts into the box that says "Add your comment" and hit the post button.

Read the transcript and notes: Click the "Document" tab to read the transcript in full. To see highlights, click "Notes."


Greg Stohr, Supreme Court reporter, Bloomberg News

John Eastman, professor of law and former dean at Chapman University Law School; Chairman of the Board, National Organization of Marriage that lobbies against same-sex marriage; Director of the Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence, a public interest law firm affiliated with the Claremont Institute for the Study of Statesmanship and Political Philosophy; Eastman authored an amicus brief for the Proposition 8 case and one for the Defense of Marriage Act case.

David Cruz, Professor of law, The Gould School of Law, University of Southern California; Cruz was in Court today for the DOMA hearing; Constitutional law expert focusing on the First Amendment and civil rights.

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