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Supreme Court Gay Marriage Cases: Justices Have Range Of Options In Prop 8, DOMA Decisions

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Associated Press
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March 25, 2013

The Supreme Court can choose from a wide array of outcomes in ruling on California's Proposition 8 ban on marriage for same-sex couples and the federal Defense of Marriage Act.

The federal law, known by the shorthand DOMA, defines marriage as the union of a man and a woman and therefore keeps legally married gay Americans from collecting a range of federal benefits that generally are available to married people.

The cases will be argued Tuesday and Wednesday; rulings are not likely before late June.