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The US Supreme Court will hear arguments today about striking down the Defense of Marriage Act.  DOMA defines a marriage as a union between a man and a woman only. The 1996 law prohibits federal agencies from recognizing same-sex marriages and denies federal benefits to same-sex couples.

In a sign of how far public opinion has come on the issue, DOMA passed with overwhelming majorities in both Houses of Congress shortly before it was signed into law by President Bill Clinton. Clinton has since reversed his opinion and asked the court to strike it down.

On Tuesday California’s Proposition 8, which bans gay marriage, was discussed by the nine justices. The court seems to lean towards not making any kind of ruling on Prop 8. Some justices were wary of veering into “unchartered waters” while others were hesitant to rule because gay-marriage is “newer than cell phones or the Internet”Rulings in both cases are expected before the end of June.

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