1. SUPREME RULING

    Justices to Take Gay-Marriage Cases

    Image #: 20397457    Jim Malatak (L), 70, and Rick Sturgill, 58, who have been a couple for 35 years, pose for a photograph shortly after getting their marriage license in Seattle, Washington December 6, 2012. A law legalizing same-sex matrimony took effect in Washington state on Thursday, and officials geared up for a flood of marriage-license applications from gay and lesbian couples eager to exchange vows. Washington made history last month as one of three U.S. states where marriage rights were extended to same-sex couples by popular vote, joining Maryland and Maine in passing ballot initiatives recognizing gay nuptials.  REUTERS/Marcus Donner (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS SOCIETY)       REUTERS /MARCUS DONNER /LANDOV

    Marcus Donner, Reuters / Landov

    Thousands of same-sex relationships hang in the balance. The Supreme Court announced Friday that they will be taking up two key gay-marriage cases. The justices will be looking at the constitutionality of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which defines marriage as between a man and a woman, as well as California’s Proposition 8, a voter initiative that banned gay marriage in the state less than six months after it was legalized by the state's supreme court. Alas, a decision won't be likely until June. 


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