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U.S. Supreme Court continues same-sex marriage debate


WASHINGTON, D.C. (WKOW) – The U.S. Supreme Court will continue to hear arguments on day two of the hearings that could allow for same-sex marriage to become legal.

The U.S. Supreme Court is set to hear arguments on the Federal Defense of Marriage Act on Wednesday.  The Federal Defense Marriage Act defines marriage as a union between a man and a woman and denies same-sex couples more than one thousand federal marriage benefits such as spousal health coverage and veterans' benefits.

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court focused on California's Proposition 8, a ruling in 2008 that limits marriage to heterosexual couples.

The justices seemed divided during the hearing. The conservative members wondered how same-sex marriage could be a right guaranteed under the constitution.  While liberal justices questioned the rationale for restricting same-sex couples from getting married.

As the case continues, eyes are on Justice Anthony Kennedy who many consider the swing voter on the bench.  A decision on both is expected sometime in June

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