Justices raise doubts about Defense of Marriage Act
Kevin Coyne of Washington holds flags in front of the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday. The U.S. Supreme Court, in the second day of gay marriage cases, turned Wednesday to a constitutional challenge to the federal law that prevents legally married gay Americans from collecting federal benefits generally available to straight married couples.
Posted: Thursday, March 28, 2013 12:00 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Concluding two days of intense debate, the Supreme Court signaled Wednesday that it could give a boost to same-sex marriage by striking down the federal law that denies legally married gay spouses a wide range of benefits offered to other couples.
As the court wrapped up its remarkable arguments over gay marriage in America, a majority of the justices indicated that they will invalidate part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act — if they can get past procedural problems similar to those that appeared to mark Tuesday's case over California's ban on same-sex marriage.
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