Supreme Court hears arguments on defense of marriage act
WASHINGTON – The nation’s highest court hears arguments for and against same-sex marriage for a second day.
The majority of protesters today are here in support of same-sex marriage, and want the Supreme Court to gut the defense of marriage act.
The law forbids the federal government from recognizing gay unions even in states where same-sex marriage is legal. Opponents say that's unconstitutional.
They want the Supreme Court to strike down that language so federal benefits for married opposite-sex couples would also apply to gay couples.
Bill Ellison drove with his daughter and her partner from Orlando to the nation’s capital to be part of history. Ellison said, “the defense of marriage act in my opinion violates her rights as a citizen as a human being."
The Supreme Court can rule this law as constitutional or unconstitutional. They can dismiss the case without making a ruling, saying they don't have jurisdiction to change the 17-year-old law.
A decision in the case is expected in late June.
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