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Traditional marriage supporters march as gay “marriage” arguments are heard at the Supreme Court today

© Duncan Lock

A new poll finds 53% of American support legalization of gay marriage, while only 39% oppose it

Two important cases related to marriage will be argued before the Supreme Court today. One is a challenge to the Defense of Marriage Act, signed into law by Bill Clinton in 1996, the other, an appeal to uphold California's Proposition 8, which defined marriage between one man and one woman in that state.

The Miami Herald explains the cases:

The DOMA case: United States vs. Windsor. Edith “Edie” Windsor lived with Thea Spyer for 44 years, and the New York couple was married in Canada in 2007. After Spyer’s death in 2009, Windsor had to pay taxes on her spouse’s estate rather than inheriting it outright. Windsor sued the government, arguing that DOMA was unconstitutional because it violated the Constitution’s equal protection clause.
The Prop 8 case: Hollingsworth vs. Perry. In 2009, two same-sex couples — Kristin Perry and Sandra Stier, and Paul Katami and Jeffrey Zarrillo — were denied marriage licenses after passage of Proposition 8 in November 2008. The two couples sued, claiming that the Constitution’s equal protection clause prohibits California from defining marriage as the union of a man and a woman.

CBS explains the 5 possible outcomes of the Supreme Court Prop. 8 case, ranging from the court creating a constitutional right to gay marriage to ruling the federal government has jurisdiction over marriage.

To mark the important date, traditional marriage supporters are assembling for what they are calling the March for Marriage (which seems to allude to the March for Life in its name). Supporters of gay marriage have also assembled.

A new poll conducted by CBS finds that 53% of Americans now support the legalization of gay marriage, while only 39% say it should not be legal.

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