Hot! SCOTUS to Hear Two Gay Marriage Cases

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The Supreme Court will hear two landmark gay marriage cases this week. The first will weigh the constitutionality of California’s Proposition 8, a measure that briefly ended same-sex marriage rights. The second case is a challenge to a 1996 law, called the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), that bars the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages in states where they’re legal.

The New Yorker sums up the cases in one question: Is there any circumstance in which the state can deny gay people benefits that are granted to straight citizens? Those against same-sex marriages and equal rights for same-sex couples will need to prove that the laws are “justifiable by something more than tradition and bigotry.”

The Obama administration declined to defend DOMA, so former Solicitor General Paul Clement is tasked with the defense.

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