The United States Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and rejected an appeal about Proposition 8 on Wednesday, in two significant wins for supporters of same-sex marriages.
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Lyle Denniston looks at the process of how the Supreme Court could reach a decision on same-sex marriages, and if the justices could be influenced by recent news events.
Same-sex marriage polls have been hotly debated in recent days, but a review of 10 recent major surveys confirms a consensus public opinion in favor of such unions.
Lyle Denniston explains why the Supreme Court may pass the same-sex marriage issue largely back to the political realm of state legislatures and voter referendums.
The Supreme Court spent a second day hearing arguments about another potential ruling on same-sex marriage, as it considers the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA. Early reports indicate a tense court room and more attention on Justice Anthony Kennedy.