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Supreme Court hears oral arguments on Prop 8

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Tensions were high at the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday as justices hammered attorneys with tough questioning on prospective rulings on the constitutionality of California’s Proposition 8 — with a particular emphasis on inquiries about standing.

Within moments of the opening of the oral arguments in the Prop 8 case, known as Hollingsworth v. Perry, justices interrupted both Charles Cooper, who is arguing in favor of Prop 8, and Ted Olson, who is arguing against it on behalf of two plaintiff gay couples, with questions about standing.

Anti-gay groups, such as ProtectMarriage.com, are defending Prop 8 in court because California officials — Gov. Jerry Brown and Attorney General Kamala Harris — have elected not to do so. Whether these groups have standing to defend the law is a question posed by the court.

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What’s at stake as the U.S. Supreme Court takes up same-sex marriage

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The U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments in two cases this month that could decide the course of the fight for marriage equality for a generation.

The Supreme Court will hear a challenge to Proposition 8, the ballot measure that ended same-sex marriage in California, on March 26.

“This case is about the fundamental constitutional right of every American to marry the person they love,” said Adam Umhoefer, executive director of the American Foundation for Equal Rights, which represents two gay couples challenging the law.

Both a federal district court and a three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals have already found the measure unconstitutional.

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From the Supreme Court to Ga.: What the rulings could mean here

Supreme Court rulings on DOMA and Prop 8

The U.S. Supreme Court hears two landmark cases this month that deal with the question of marriage for same-sex couples.

No one can know how the court will rule, but legal experts have outlined several possible scenarios. Here are some of the most likely and what they would mean both nationally and here in Georgia.

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What’s at stake as the U.S. Supreme Court takes up same-sex marriage