SCOTUS Votes on Gay Marriage

    Vin Testa of Washington waves a rainbow flag in support of gay rights outside the Supreme Court in Washington, Tuesday, June 25, 2013, as key decisions are expected to be announced. The Supreme Court resolved five cases, including affirmative action, on Monday. That leaves disputes about gay marriage and voting rights among the six remaining cases. The justices are meeting again Tuesday to issue some opinions and will convene at least one more time. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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    It’s a historic day at the Supreme Court, as justices are slated to deliver opinions on not one but two gay-marriage cases Wednesday before they head off on summer vacation. The issues on the table are the federal Defense of Marriage Act and California’s Proposition 8 ban on same-sex marriage. The ruling could be as broad as providing all gay couples with the same constitutional marriage rights given to heterosexuals, or the justices could get bogged down by legal technicalities, resulting in no real change to gay-marriage laws. While 30 states have taken it upon themselves to constitutionally ban same-sex marriage, several others have legalized it over the past several years or are expected to do so.

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