U.S. Supreme Court schedules arguments in Prop 8, DOMA cases

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The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday said it will hear arguments during the last week of March in two cases affecting same-sex marriage.

Justices said they will hear arguments in Hollingsworth v. Perry, the constitutional challenge to California‘s Proposition 8, on March 26, and United States v. Windsor, a challenge to the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), on March 27.

Proposition 8 is California’s 2008 voter approved constitutional amendment that forbids same-sex marriage.

The Windsor case challenges DOMA, the federal law that denies gay and lesbian couples who legally marry the right to obtain the same federal benefits available to heterosexual married couples. In that case, Edith Windsor is challenging the federal government’s refusal to recognize her marriage to Thea Spyer when it comes to estate taxes on her deceased spouse’s estate.

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