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Fri Nov 30, 2012, 06:11 AM

gay marriage before supreme court? cases weighed

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- The running fight over gay marriage is shifting from the ballot box to the Supreme Court.

Three weeks after voters backed same-sex marriage in three states and defeated a ban in a fourth, the justices are meeting Friday to decide whether they should deal sooner rather than later with the claim that the Constitution gives people the right to marry regardless of sexual orientation.

The court also could duck the ultimate question for now and instead focus on a narrower but still important issue: whether Congress can prevent legally married gay Americans from receiving federal benefits otherwise available to married couples.

The court could announce its plans as soon as Friday afternoon. Any cases probably would be argued in March, with a decision expected by the end of June.

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xchrom Nov 2012 OP
LeftofObama Nov 2012 #1
xchrom Nov 2012 #2
Fearless Nov 2012 #3
nomorenomore08 Nov 2012 #4
Rowdyboy Nov 2012 #5

Response to xchrom (Original post)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 06:25 AM

1. I'll be watching/reading online all day today

to see what's happening with this decision.

On another note, I just wanted to compliment you on your posts. Whenever I log on to DU, yours are some of the first posts I look at. Very informative. Thank you!

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Response to LeftofObama (Reply #1)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 06:31 AM

2. thanks!

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 12:38 PM

3. I'm not one to wish death...

But if Scalia et. al. would drop dead between now and then, I don't think I'd be the least bit unhappy.

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Response to Fearless (Reply #3)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 11:06 PM

4. Well I figure death is just a natural process. No "wishing" necessary.

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 11:33 PM

5. I was really hopeful we'd hear something today....

Maybe Monday.

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