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By Victor Trammell The Supreme Court has decided to hear positions on both sides of the emotional and divisive gay marriage debate. Oppossers of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and the California Proposition 8 ban on gay marriage will have their positions heard by the High Court in March 2013, according to USA Today . Some of the main questions the Supreme Court will have to answer in its ruling on this issue are: Is it possible for states to ban gay marriage?  Does the Constititution protect the right to marry for all couples, including gays and lesbians? The Supreme Court will also have to decide  whether or not gay and lesbian couples can be denied the same federal benefits that opposite-s*x couples receive. The nation’s capitol of  Washington D.C. and nine other individual states have permitted gay marriage. If the Supreme Court rules against DOMA and California’s Proposition 8, it would create sweeping changes for other states that are fighting to go in the same direction. An advocacy group in favor of Proposition 8 called ProtectMarriage originally sought the High Court’s intervention on the matter. “It’s been our belief all along that the ultimate fate of Proposition 8 will be in the hands of the Supreme Court,” said Andrew Pugno, an attorney representing ProtectMarriage. The Obama Administration announced last year that it would no longer defend DOMA in court and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder deemed DOMA “unconstitutional.” Even if the Supreme Court rules in favor of gays and lesbians, supporters of traditional marriage will continue their fight. Brian Brown, president of the National Organization for Marriage stated that a Supreme Court ruling that paves the way for more martial rights to gays and lesbians would “launch a national culture war.” The Supreme Court is expected to rule on this matter by June of 2013.  

Opposition & Supporters of Gay Marriage Get Ready For Supreme Court Showdown

By Victor Trammell

The Supreme Court has decided to hear positions on both sides of the emotional and divisive gay marriage debate. Oppossers of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and the California Proposition 8 ban on gay marriage will have their positions heard by the High Court in March 2013, according to USA Today.

Some of the main questions the Supreme Court will have to answer in its ruling on this issue are: Is it possible for states to ban gay marriage?  Does the Constititution protect the right to marry for all couples, including gays and lesbians?

The Supreme Court will also have to decide  whether or not gay and lesbian couples can be denied the same federal benefits that opposite-s*x couples receive.

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