Roe v. Wade looms over gay marriage cases before Supreme Court

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Posted: Tuesday, March 26, 2013 12:00 am

WASHINGTON — When the U.S. Supreme Court hears a pair of same-sex-marriage cases today and Wednesday, it will be in the shadow of a 40-year-old decision the court made on another subject entirely: Roe v. Wade, the 1973 ruling that established a constitutional right to abortion.

Over the years judges, lawyers and scholars have drawn varying lessons from Roe. Those will be shaping the way the court thinks about its decision on same-sex marriage, expected by June.

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